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Old 02-02-2014, 07:39 AM
 
Location: Danbury, CT
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Toshiba?
I'm pretty sure it is a Dell. Who isn't putting extra software on their consumer line. If you don't want the the extra software, buy the business line for a couple of hundred dollars more.
It's a Toshiba. I downloaded key finder to find my "real" windows 7 product key. Should I reinstall Windows? I just got it 2 days ago.
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Old 02-02-2014, 07:44 AM
 
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It's a Toshiba. I downloaded key finder to find my "real" windows 7 product key. Should I reinstall Windows? I just got it 2 days ago.
Not unless you want to, and you'll need different install media or you'll just end up with the bloatware again. As a heads up, the product key you got with the key finder is NOT the one you use to perform a clean install, that is an OEM pre-install key and won't work with a purchased installation disk. You use the key that's on the COA label, and you need a specific install DVD for even that to work.
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Old 02-02-2014, 01:15 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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It's a Toshiba. I downloaded key finder to find my "real" windows 7 product key. Should I reinstall Windows? I just got it 2 days ago.

That's silly. Why not just uninstall the stuff you don't want?
Else, just leave them be and set it up so your system won't automatically run them upon start-up.

Look, wiping and reinstalling an OS is not rocket science but it is a PITA trying to get all the correct drivers loaded. You usually do this if you have no other options (severe corruption, infection, etc) not when you have a perfectly good running system.

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Old 02-03-2014, 02:39 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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You would be wrong, but that's not really relevant to the thread.
I was wrong and confused.
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Not unless you want to, and you'll need different install media or you'll just end up with the bloatware again. As a heads up, the product key you got with the key finder is NOT the one you use to perform a clean install, that is an OEM pre-install key and won't work with a purchased installation disk. You use the key that's on the COA label, and you need a specific install DVD for even that to work.
Can the op make the DVD from the included software.

If you want to learn to install an OS and you enjoy that stuff go ahead.
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Old 02-03-2014, 05:23 AM
 
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Generally when you create recovery media from the app included for doing so, it includes all of the original bloatware.
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Old 02-03-2014, 05:52 AM
 
Location: Danbury, CT
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Alright, I just went into startup editor and removed all that crap from stating up.




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Old 02-03-2014, 07:57 AM
 
Location: Not.here
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Reinstalling Windows is an easy way for a non-technical person to purge a PC of non-essential cruft. Uninstalling apps doesn't always clear registry entries or remove every trace of the app from the hard drive. Installing Windows from scratch ensures that there will be no trace whatsoever of unwanted third-party applications. You can't say that so definitively of the solution of uninstalling software. In an ideal world, uninstalling would be complete. We don't live an ideal world, we live in Microsoft's imperfect one.
That's why i love Revo Uninstaller. It gets rid of all that residual doo doo during an uninstall........... and it prompts you and shows you what is residual and gives you the option of keeping or deleting it. I have the free version.

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