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What bloatware should I remove? Full list provided

Discussion in 'Dell' started by Floyd Mayweather, Aug 15, 2007.

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  1. Floyd Mayweather

    Floyd Mayweather Newbie

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    It's a brand new Inspiron 1720.

    Ok, here's the list: (From Add/Remove Programs)

    Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment 6
    Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007
    MSXML 4.0 SP2
    Dell Datasafe Online
    Dell System Customization Wizard
    Games, Music & Photos Launcher (Dell Inc)
    Product Documentation Launcher (Dell Inc)
    QuickSet (Dell Inc)
    Dell Support Center
    DellSupport
    MediaDirect (Dell)
    Modem Diagnostic Tool (Dell)
    OutlookAddinSetup (CyberLink)
    Live! Cam Avatar Creator (Creative)
    Live! Cam Avatar v1.0 (Creative)
    Digital Line Detect (BVRP Software, Inc)
    NetWaiting (BVRP Software, Inc)
    Broadcam Management Programs
    Dell Touchpad
    Adobe Flash Player 9 ActiveX
    Adobe Reader 7.0.8
    Advanced Audio FX Engine
    Advanced Video FX Engine
    Conexant HDA D330 MDC V.92 Modem
    Dell Webcam Center
    Dell Webcam Manager
    Laptop Integrated Webcam Driver
    URL Assistant
    User's Guides

    I already deleted a few things like Roxio and Google Desktop.
     
  2. Maksa

    Maksa Notebook Consultant

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    thanks for nice information :) i will be getting mine on next week i will revisit this thread :) btw is there any help or thread for clean reformation DELL coz i don't want any extra stuff.
     
  3. mtylerjr

    mtylerjr Notebook Deity

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    These are the things I would keep:
    Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment 6
    Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007
    MSXML 4.0 SP2
    MediaDirect (Dell)
    Broadcam Management Programs
    Dell Touchpad
    Adobe Flash Player 9 ActiveX
    Adobe Reader 7.0.8
    Advanced Audio FX Engine
    Advanced Video FX Engine
    Dell Webcam Center
    Dell Webcam Manager
    Laptop Integrated Webcam Driver
    Conexant HDA D330 MDC V.92 Modem
    Dell System Customization Wizard
    QuickSet (Dell Inc)

    These are what I would (probably, pending a little investigation,) delete:
    Dell Datasafe Online
    Games, Music & Photos Launcher (Dell Inc)
    Product Documentation Launcher (Dell Inc)
    Dell Support Center
    DellSupport
    Modem Diagnostic Tool (Dell)
    OutlookAddinSetup (CyberLink)
    Live! Cam Avatar Creator (Creative)
    Live! Cam Avatar v1.0 (Creative)
    Digital Line Detect (BVRP Software, Inc)
    NetWaiting (BVRP Software, Inc)

    I think it would be good for someone to break down each a little betetr as to the pros and cons of keeping/deleting
     
  4. ChaosKye

    ChaosKye Notebook Consultant

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    I personally would keep a few of those things you have on the list...

    Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment 6 (maybe get a more up to date one)
    MediaDirect (Dell)
    Broadcam Management Programs
    Dell Touchpad (this is useful for disabling touchpad etc)
    Adobe Flash Player 9 ActiveX
    Adobe Reader 7.0.8
    Conexant HDA D330 MDC V.92 Modem
    Dell Webcam Center
    Dell Webcam Manager
    Laptop Integrated Webcam Driver
     
  5. ChaosKye

    ChaosKye Notebook Consultant

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    Haha... I guess we had the same idea... maybe a mixture of both of these lists depending on your needs :)
     
  6. Floyd Mayweather

    Floyd Mayweather Newbie

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    Thanks a lot guys, I really appreciate it.

    Also, what's the best way to get rid of running processes? I have over 50 right now.

    And I probably need some kind of registry cleaner as well, right?
     
  7. mtylerjr

    mtylerjr Notebook Deity

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    Yeah, pretty much! Except you had him deleting Microsoft Office 2007 (didnt he have to pay for that? It costs about $135)

    I have no idea what
    Advanced Audio FX Engine
    Advanced Video FX Engine
    .. are for.

    And I think MSXML is part of Microsoft's XML core services, a major feature of Explorer

    Other than that, we made the same choices :)

    Oh, Quickset might not be that useful, I dont know. It lets you choose various configurations for your brightness, power, timeout settings, etc. Like plugged in, vs battery operation settings. Probably not all that helpful, but I cant imagine it takes up any processor cycles.
     
  8. ChaosKye

    ChaosKye Notebook Consultant

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    I glanced really quickly and just assumed he got the free crappy version of Office that doesn't even have Word or whatever. Your updated list looks pretty good though. Only things are you may want to see if they have newer versions of adobe/java available on the internet.
     
  9. carldaru

    carldaru Notebook Consultant

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    A good registry cleaner is Ccleaner. Download from filehippo.com. I've used it numerous times before and it is spyware, adware, trojan, worm, etc. FREE (i.e. has none of those, so it's ok to download).

    WORD OF CAUTION WITH ANY REGISTRY CLEANING PROGRAM: USE AT YOUR OWN RISK AND MAKE SURE YOU KNOW WHAT YOU'RE DELETING. IF IN DOUBT, LEAVE IT.

    That's my 2 cents...
     
  10. knightingmagic

    knightingmagic Notebook Deity

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    Funnily enough, "Do no evil" Google offers its bloatware to OEMs.
     
  11. Floyd Mayweather

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    Do I really need "MediaDirect"? Will deleting it negatively affect any othe programs that I DO need.

    Anyone know?
     
  12. knightingmagic

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    That's the DVD playing/ music playing OS.
     
  13. AKAJohnDoe

    AKAJohnDoe Mime with Tourette's

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    Adobe Reader 8 is current.
     
  14. Durmat

    Durmat Notebook Evangelist

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    LOL. I think Google should downgrade their slogan to "Don't be as evil."

    Do people recommend removing bloatware rather than reformatting? I like the idea of a clean sweep but would be very nervous about throwing out the baby with the bathwater by doing so.
     
  15. Cactapus

    Cactapus Notebook Geek

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    Is Dell touchpad really that important? I have a USB mouse hooked up, and I don't plan on using my touchpad at all. If I delete it will the touchpad still work? Or will I just not be able to change settings.
     
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    hlcc Notebook Evangelist

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    none of them are big or resource hogs in any kind of way, none of them should have any impact on performance whether you remove them or not.
     
  17. YLZ

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    ... just do a clean install folks....
     
  18. offbase

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    I'd remove these (if you don't plan on using and/or paying for them):

    Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 (takes up hundreds of megs of memory, doesn't include Outlook, and won't work after 60 days unless you pay $159 for it!!!)

    Dell Datasafe Online (I still can't get the POS to show my files online!)
    Dell System Customization Wizard (useless)
    Games, Music & Photos Launcher (Dell Inc)
    Product Documentation Launcher (Dell Inc)
    DellSupport
    MediaDirect (Dell)
    Modem Diagnostic Tool (Dell)
    OutlookAddinSetup (CyberLink) (WHAT??? They give you a version of Office that doesn't INCLUDE Outlook!!!!)

    Live! Cam Avatar Creator (Creative)
    Live! Cam Avatar v1.0 (Creative)
    Digital Line Detect (BVRP Software, Inc)
    NetWaiting (BVRP Software, Inc)
    Adobe Flash Player 9 ActiveX
    Advanced Audio FX Engine
    Advanced Video FX Engine
    URL Assistant

    DO NOT delete your touchpad software! What happens if you mouse dies, battery goes, driver goes bad, etc.?
     
  19. Mr. Anderson

    Mr. Anderson Notebook Consultant

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    That won't do any good if you don't have a clean copy of Vista.
     
  20. cliegal

    cliegal Notebook Evangelist

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    If you intend to view flash videos online you don't want to unistall Adobe Flash Player either. I'd uninstall the Dell software other than Media Direct.
    I personally enjoy watching a DVD without booting the system up. Unistall Office unless you paid for it. Don't uninstall something if you don't know what you're taking out. You might not want to uninstall the video camera software if you like it. URL assistant can safely go, but what if you need the Audio FX for better sound? Take it in baby steps and if you're satisfied with the speed of your laptop, no need to jump on the clean install bandwagon.
     

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