Re: Tha Real Noob (need advice please)
Welcome, it's nice to see an older dude like myself every so often.
While I've been around forums for some time, I am also new to this particular site. In the short time I've been here, I have formed an opinion regarding OhSnapWord, OS-Wiz, and Celegorm. They are all knowledgeable, courteous and helpful. You can call on anyone of them, as well as myself.
Now, as far as your concern about unwanted software, wasting disc space, and slowing things up, I certainly understand. That annoys me as well. I recently purchased a new Sony laptop, that came with about 12GB of useless garbage, trialware, shareware, and crippleware.
Here's my solution to that issue. Go to HP's website. Download all the required drivers, and software for your machine. Store the data some place like a USB flash drive.
Next format your HDD, and install a clean virgin copy of Win7. Then, install from that thumb drive, only the drivers and software needed for your computer.
Then update Win7 with all the latest OS updates.
Next, install only the software that you want! When you're all done, the machine is lean, clean, and running as fast as it can.
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