Re: removing bloatware
you could just remove any programs you are not interested in using the "add or remove programs" function in the control panel. if you do a clean install of windows, you will lose the hidden dell recovery partition (which isn't necessarily bad, but you need to be aware that you will lose it). and if you do a clean install, make sure you have the cd's for any programs which you do want to keep so you can reinstall them after.
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