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How to remove unwanted software from your new Windows PC [Bonus]

In this How-To article you’ll find best practices and software recommendations to help you remove unwanted software from your new Windows PC.

You just bought a brand new laptop/desktop PC and the first thing you’ll notice when you login is that it came preinstalled with many trial and free software that you may not even know what they are for, and the worse part is that you may never use them, also most of them will load every time you start Windows causing your computer to slowdown — I am sure that this is not the experience you were expecting.

If you are Windows beginner user, these “trial” applications typically are full or limited version of software from certain vendors, they’ll only work for a couple of months or for an X number of times before you are prompted to buy the full version. These applications are not part of the Windows operating system, they are often known as “bloatware”, and they can all be uninstalled/removed.

Most, if not all, OEM manufactures (HP, DELL, Acer, etc.) preinstall different type of software in their Windows systems, this could make it a little challenging for users to find the way to remove all these unwanted software from their new PC, because no one can create an automated tool to deal with every single piece of software installed by these companies. But there are some general practices that you can follow such as Learning how to manually uninstall/remove software in Windows and/or using automated solutions to help to remove most of these annoying preinstalled software in your brand new Windows PC.

Today I am going to recommend two software approaches you can use to deal with bloatware.

Revo Uninstaller

The first approach is by using Revo Uninstaller, this is free application with limited functionality or you can use the full version for 30 days — because we are talking about on setting up your brand new computer, one month is more than plenty time to take advantage of the full version. Additionally Revo Uninstaller has a portable version.

Revo Uninstaller not only will simplify the removal of each unwanted software, but it is also capable of scanning for pieces that were missed during the normal uninstall process, like program properties, registry entries, file associations, shell extensions, links to manufacture’s web sites, and more; that way you can be sure that application is gone for good. Another great feature is Forced Uninstall, which allows you to remove leftovers of applications that were already uninstalled or installations that never completed.

Revo Uninstaller screenshot 

PC Decrapifier

The second is PC Decrapifier, this is a totally FREE application that can make uninstalling unwanted software an automated process. PC Decrapifier is target to run on new PCs and get rid of the most commonly preinstalled software, but this is not an application you would use to remove every software in your computer. If you want you can check here is the list of what PC Decrapifier removes. It is worth noting that this is a standalone application, which means that you don’t need to install anything, just double-click the executable file and you are ready to go.

PC Decrapifier - Screenshot

Bonus

I would also like to point out that many applications will register themselves to automatically start when Windows starts; sometimes this is not good because it slows your computer down. In the case you’ve decided to keep any of the preinstalled software that came in your new computer, you can at least disable them to start with Windows to save some system resources; you would do this using the Windows System Configuration:

1 Go to Start, in the search box type msconfig, right-click it and select Run as Administrator.

2 In Windows System Configuration navigate to the Startup tab, there you’ll find all the items that start with Windows. Read carefully every entry and identify the items that are part of the applications you want to disable at the start-up, and then uncheck the boxes.

msconfig System Configuration - Windows 7

3 Once you are done, click Apply and then OK. If you are asked to restart do so to complete the process.

Quick Tip: When possible avoid disabling Microsoft items, audio and video drivers, or any other essential item.

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