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Default Getting Rid of Bloatware - 09-24-2009, 09:48 AM

I am expecting my nice shiny new Mini 10v to arrive from Dell in the next few days. The first thing I want to do is remove all the unnecessary software and bloatware on it to help speed it up.

Anyone have a good guide as to what to remove (and how to do it) to maximise performance using XP and 1gb of RAM?

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Default 09-24-2009, 12:08 PM

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This posting is a little old so there may be some updated software to look for but this should still work just fine, since after all it is still XP were talking about.

Completing this tutorial will shrink your XP installation down to 687mb from the usual 1.5 gigs.

Everything you need should be in this guide:
EEEguides.com: nite your XP installation for your Asus EEE PC

- Enjoy!
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Default 09-24-2009, 12:25 PM

About 15 minutes in Add/Remove Programs will clean it up nicely. There isn't much extra that Dell puts on the 10v XP install. I usually do clean installs on hardware but it's just not worth the effort here.


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Default 09-24-2009, 12:36 PM

Thanks! Looking forward to a nice clean XP on my 10v, until I swap across to Win7 of course.
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Default 09-24-2009, 01:54 PM

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About 15 minutes in Add/Remove Programs will clean it up nicely. There isn't much extra that Dell puts on the 10v XP install. I usually do clean installs on hardware but it's just not worth the effort here.
Exactly. I like to use CCleaner just because Windows takes forever to populate the list for Add/Remove programs and it is annoying. CCleaner seems to be instant and quicker


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Default 09-26-2009, 11:37 AM

While my desktop will be my main workhorse, I removed MS works, as the text and html message composition options of MSOE will do for any word processing I would ever do with the mini. I dumped the Adobe acrobat reader100MB+ for the free foxit pdf reader, which requires less drive space >8 MB. I understand hat now the foxit installation likes to add extra baggage of it's own, toolbar, etc., so one has to keep any eye one it when and after installing. As another mention I spent time with using windows uninstall utility. I f I remember where I put my notes I'll post them here as to what I did. That nLite utility looks impressive, but scary at the same time.
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Default 09-29-2009, 10:07 PM

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Completing this tutorial will shrink your XP installation down to 687mb from the usual 1.5 gigs.

Everything you need should be in this guide:
EEEguides.com: nite your XP installation for your Asus EEE PC

- Enjoy!
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This does look scary, but incredibly useful. Those endless pages of junk, not just unwanted programs or bloatware, but really useless bits and actions buried in there that are just not needed. I wish I had the guts to use it on my desktop! I just don't know what all that junk does, but I can tell most of it is useless.
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Default 10-02-2009, 07:22 PM

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I am expecting my nice shiny new Mini 10v to arrive from Dell in the next few days. The first thing I want to do is remove all the unnecessary software and bloatware on it to help speed it up.

Anyone have a good guide as to what to remove (and how to do it) to maximize performance using XP and 1gb of RAM?

Thanks
I did it the easy way......formatted the hard drive and clean installed
I'm tempted to post a guide, but its pretty basic stuff - at least it seems that way to me because I've done it a jillion times over the years -hehe.

I'd still write it though (if you wanted)


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Default 10-06-2009, 02:29 AM

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Exactly. I like to use CCleaner just because Windows takes forever to populate the list for Add/Remove programs and it is annoying. CCleaner seems to be instant and quicker
I use CCleaer almost every day!! Try to keep your clean install of XP this will help you on the long run!


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Default CCleaner - 10-06-2009, 04:06 AM

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I use CCleaer almost every day!! Try to keep your clean install of XP this will help you on the long run!
I have also been using CCleaner for years. My I.T. nephew recommended it and it has been a lifesaver in getting rid of try-out programs that seem to invade the system, or conflict with what I already have. I also use the get rid of junk features and even use the registry cleaner. I don't know enough to deal with the registry myself. It always makes a pre-clean back-up, and I haven't had any problems with what it has removed. I've tried other programs and they have caused problems, where I have had to go to a previous restore point. No doubt my curiosity and enthusiasm will get me into trouble again, but I do trust CCleaner...after all the security software, it's one of the first programs I load.
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