The Giant HP Laptop Out-Of-The-Box Guide

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  1. timtravel42

    timtravel42 Notebook Virtuoso

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    Ok cool, ill re-write it and have it up in a week or so (probably saturday or sunday)

    In the mean time, could some people post lists of all of the bloatware and such installed on their new win7 notebooks (ill give credit and a +rep link )

    I'll probably post the guide as a new thread and post a link to it here
     
  2. Corrick

    Corrick Newbie

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    Excellent guide, my DV7t-2215sa which arrived yesterday didn't contain a Windows 7 disk, is it appropriate to use a product key finder and perform a clean install using the instructions you've provided?
     
  3. husky55

    husky55 Notebook Evangelist

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    I think it would be a GREAT guide. Win7 changed a lot of things!!! I had trouble to find where in the world is the START menu folder and of course the deny access to a lot of folders.

    :)
     
  4. timtravel42

    timtravel42 Notebook Virtuoso

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    Thanks for your support guys, could one of you give me a list of bloatware and PM me to help me do some testing?
     
  5. TheCuriosity

    TheCuriosity Newbie

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    I am not 100% as to what is bloatware and what isn’t, so here is a list of all the programs in the add/remove on my new HP (Pavilion dv7-2270us) that I just bought and in the process of determining what to get rid of:

    Stuff i have already gotten rid of
    • Microsoft Office Home and Student trial
    • Microsoft Office PowerPoint viewer 2007
    • Norton Internet Security (or something or other Norton)
    • HP Wireless Assistant
    • Activate Norton Online Backup
    • Microsoft Works
    • Acrobat.com
    • Corel Paint shop pro photo x2
    • HP Smart Web Printing
    • My HP Games WildTangent (name may of been different)
    • HP Total Care Advisor
    • HP MediaSmart Software Notebook Demo
    • Slingplayer (HP MediaSmart tag may of been in front of it)
    • SlingBoxWatchyourTVAnyWhere
    • Microsoft works
    • Powerpoint viewer 2007

    Stuff I have yet to touch (and may include windows updates, which I did right away after first starting my PC)
    • Windows Media Encoder 9 series
    • Adobe AIR
    • Adobe Flash Player 10 ActiveX
    • Adobe Reader 9.1 MUI
    • Homepage Protection
    • QuickTime
    • ATI Catalyst Install Manager
    • Corel VideoStudio12
    • CyberLink DVD Suite
    • Power2Go
    • LabelPrint
    • Powerdirector
    • ENE CIR Receiver Driver
    • HP MediaSmart Webcam
    • HP MediaSmart Movie Themes
    • HP MediaSmart Live TV
    • HP MediaSmart Music/Photo/Video
    • HP MediaSmart DVD
    • HP MediaSmart Internet TV
    • HP Quick Launch Buttons
    • HP Customer Experience Enhancements
    • HP Setup
    • HP User Guides 0153
    • HP Support Assistant
    • HP 3D Driveguard
    • HP MediaSmart SmartMenu
    • HP Advisor
    • HP Update
    • IDT Audio
    • JMicron Flash Media Controller Driver
    • LightScribe System Software
    • LSI HDA Modem
    • Windows Live Essentials
    • Microsoft Visual C + + 2008 ATL Update kb973924 – x86 9.0.30729.4148
    • Windows Live Upload Tool
    • Windows Live sign-in Assistant
    • Microsoft Visual C + + 2005 ATL Update kb973923 – x86 8.050727.4053
    • MSXML 4.0 SP2 (KB954430)
    • Microsoft Silverlight
    • Compatibility Pack for the 2007 Office System
    • Microsoft Visual C + + 2008 Redistribute – 86x 9.0.30729.17
    • Microsoft Visual C + + 2005 ATL Update kb973923 – x86 8.050727.4053 (yes.. this is on my PC twice...)
    • Microsoft Live Search toolbar
    • Realtek 8136 8168 8169 Ethernet Driver
    • Java(TM) 6 Update 14
    • Java(TM) 6 Update 14 (64-bit)
    • Synaptics Pointing Device Driver


    Anything else that you think may be helpful let me know. For the second portion of the list I am currently slugging through the internets looking for what others have already commented about them on (well.. for the suspicious stuff at least.)

    Also on the Desktop, there is what appears to be just a simple shortcut link to eBay, but rightclicking it shows it is a wizLink Application with the target ""C:\Program Files (x86)\Hewlett-Packard\Shared\WizLink.exe" http://redirect.hp.com/svs/rdr?TYPE=4&tp=dticon&s=ebay&pf=cnnb&locale=en_us&bd=all&c=94"
    ( HP Support Assistant, HP SmartMedia and HP Adivsor also present on desktop/taskbar, but are all mentioned above)

    I am not sure how much help I can be but I'll help however I can. I went to your profile to PM you, however I couldn't see any option to do so.
     
  6. timtravel42

    timtravel42 Notebook Virtuoso

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    Thanks very much for your help :D
    I'm almost finished the guide, and ill add your suggestions, I'll probably post it late today or sunday
    I think you can't send or receive PMs until you make a few more posts in the forums
     
  7. TheCuriosity

    TheCuriosity Newbie

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    Thanks. Glad to help. And a HUGE thanks to you for getting this altogether and making sure it's right!!!

    There are also numerous items in the start menu (and in program files and program files (86x) ) that are not on the add/remove list but are clearly garbage (eg NetZeroPreloader, Juno preloaders, quicken free trial etc..) Would more information on these type of items be helpful?


    I have also noticed that after uninstallation, Microsoft Works has left over a folder that contains a file called "aw.dll ". Usually I like to double check but it was 5 am so I deleted anyway. So far no problems!! I can only assume some other programs have done the same thing (eg I found a "MYHPgames" icon even though I removed that too)

    ETA: On my original list.. I swear I got rid of it, but it still lists HP Total Care Advisor, which shouldn't be there because it wasn't on the list on my PC (replaced with just "HP Advisor")
     
  8. timtravel42

    timtravel42 Notebook Virtuoso

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    Thanks for your continued help :D
    I posted the new guide: http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=432564
    We can move discussion to that thread now
     
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