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Old 10-13-16, 11:41 AM
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Help cleaning up crap on new laptop

On a whim I got a groupon deal on a $100 laptop. Well I think it was $125.

How do I clean up and remove all the "crap" on it (it has Win 10)?

Its just a little Acer that has a dual-core cely processor. But it has a touch screen and a tablet mode. It is refurbished.

I was going to get a Surface 3, but thought I'd start with this as I use a laptop so little. Thought I'd try it for the cost (I still mainly use an iPad for most things). I have already used it to do some FW upgrades that required a thumb drive and that worked well.

But it seems slow even loading a web page (not multiple tabs open). I know, I know what should I expect. But it is a modern chip, I would think loading a web page would not be an issue. I figure if I remove the trial Mcfee and other crap, it might help, but not sure how to do it on Win 10
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Old 10-13-16, 12:15 PM
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Re: Help cleaning up crap on new laptop

Because of the way Microsoft handles the product keys with Windows 10 now, you can just create Windows 10 installation media and do a clean install. More here:
http://www.howtogeek.com/224342/how-...ll-windows-10/

The key is this bit:
Next, you’ll see the activation screen. What you do here depends on your situation:

If you’ve never installed and activated Windows 10 on this computer before, you’ll see the activation screen. Enter your Windows 10 key here. If you don’t have one, but you have a valid 7, 8, or 8.1 key, enter it here instead.
If you’ve ever installed and activated Windows 10 on this computer before, click “I don’t have a product key”. Windows will automatically activate once it’s installed.

The second situation works because of how Windows 10 activates PCs. When you install and activate Windows 10 on a system for the first time, the installer confirms that you have a “genuine Windows” system installed and registers your hardware with Microsoft’s servers. After that, you shouldn’t have to enter that key again on the same PC–Microsoft will recognize your hardware the next time you install Windows 10 on that machine, confirm it’s registered, and automatically activate itself.
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Old 10-13-16, 05:10 PM
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Re: Help cleaning up crap on new laptop

clean install always the best way to go

If you just want to remove individual software like McAfee, this is a good tool (more thorough than windows uninstaller)

http://portableapps.com/apps/utiliti...aller_portable

or if you want to remove built in windows 10 apps, try powershell

http://www.tomsitpro.com/articles/re...hell,2-18.html


some options
Get-AppxPackage -name "Microsoft.ZuneMusic" | Remove-AppxPackageGet-AppxPackage -name "Microsoft.Music.Preview" | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -name "Microsoft.Windows.Cortana" | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -name "Microsoft.XboxGameCallableUI" | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -name "Microsoft.XboxIdentityProvider" | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -name "Microsoft.BingTravel" | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -name "Microsoft.BingHealthAndFitness" | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -name "Microsoft.BingFoodAndDrink" | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -name "Microsoft.People" | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -name "Microsoft.BingFinance" | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -name "Microsoft.3DBuilder" | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -name "Microsoft.WindowsCalculator" | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -name "Microsoft.BingNews" | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -name "Microsoft.XboxApp" | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -name "Microsoft.BingSports" | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -name "Microsoft.WindowsCamera" | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -name "Microsoft.Getstarted" | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -name "Microsoft.Office.OneNote" | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -name "Microsoft.WindowsMaps" | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -name "Microsoft.MicrosoftSolitaireCollection" | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -name "Microsoft.MicrosoftOfficeHub" | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -name "Microsoft.BingWeather" | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -name "Microsoft.Windows.CloudExperienceHost" | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -name "Microsoft.BioEnrollment" | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -name "Microsoft.WindowsStore" | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -name "Microsoft.Windows.Photos" | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage -name "Microsoft.WindowsPhone" | Remove-AppxPackage
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Old 10-18-16, 09:09 AM
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Re: Help cleaning up crap on new laptop

Tanks. Using that program I deleted a couple things and as expected, really, really helped. Oh it's no Mac air, but actually fairly usable for a $$125.

Haven't really tried tablet mode yet
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Old 10-18-16, 05:46 PM
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Re: Help cleaning up crap on new laptop

Do those powershell commands to delete windows 'apps' actually fully delete, and reclaim the hard drive space, registry entries, associated .dll's, etc, or is it just a guise to make you *think* they're gone? Similar to disabling services, where nothing is actually deleted, just 'turned off'?
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Old 10-18-16, 08:39 PM
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Re: Help cleaning up crap on new laptop

How I read the OP was he wanted to free up resources in use (ram + processor cycles), not disk space

Those powershell commands more technically disable the app, not free up disk space

The revo uninstaller will free up disk space and remove apps
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