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Digby
05-12-2014, 03:56 PM
Hi Guys
I just bought an Acer Laptop to use as access to my desktop in another room.

Pleased with it so far.

But it does have a lot of bundled software and seems to take a long time to get to the Windows 8.1 Start screen.

Can anyone suggest what programs I could safely delete ?

Ag Acer Portal, Acer this Acer that.

Ab this, Ab that.

bevy121
05-12-2014, 04:04 PM
Use this.....

http://www.decrap.org/

Speedy Gonzales
05-12-2014, 05:13 PM
Get rid of McAfee if thats on it. Its crap

Digby
05-12-2014, 05:17 PM
Get rid of McAfee if thats on it. Its crap

Yes that was the second thing I did!

Digby
05-12-2014, 05:19 PM
Use this.....

http://www.decrap.org/

Thanks but

I dont trust programs such as that. (unless ten people on here have used it and recommended it)

I'd rather do it myself manually.

Besides which it does not mention Acer on the home page.

Tbird650
05-12-2014, 05:33 PM
There is this site with some recommendations and a description of bloat (http://www.shouldiremoveit.com/Acer-oem-bloatware.aspx)

pcuser42
05-12-2014, 05:35 PM
Use the format command ;)

Speedy Gonzales
05-12-2014, 05:58 PM
And use the mcafee removal tool to remove the rest of it (http://service.mcafee.com/FAQDocument.aspx?id=TS101331)

Thats what I do. Format the lot then reinstall the chipset drivers, and thats it. If windows installs the LAN and audio drivers, I'll use them

Jen
05-12-2014, 06:05 PM
And use the mcafee removal tool to remove the rest of it (http://service.mcafee.com/FAQDocument.aspx?id=TS101331)How important is the removal tool? I just uninstalled McAfee this afternoon on my new lappy, but didn't use that tool afterwards.

wainuitech
05-12-2014, 06:38 PM
Revo uninstaller Portable, used in advanced mode will remove all the folders and reg keys left behind by the programs standard uninstaller.

Free Portable download, bottom of page: http://www.revouninstaller.com/revo_uninstaller_free_download.html#download

Note: if using this, once the programs uninstaller finishes, DONT reboot if prompted other wise the advanced setting wont run.

Speedy Gonzales
05-12-2014, 06:48 PM
How important is the removal tool? I just uninstalled McAfee this afternoon on my new lappy, but didn't use that tool afterwards.

I think Mcafee still leaves files on the system after you uninstall it. The tool (altho Ive never had the pleasure of installing Mcafee :p ) it may remove the files and the service/reg entries as well

I'm pretty sure even if you uninstall Mcafee (if you dont use the tool), it can and will crash your system, like it was still installed

wainuitech
05-12-2014, 07:08 PM
I think Mcafee still leaves files on the system after you uninstall it. The tool (altho Ive never had the pleasure of installing Mcafee :p ) it may remove the files and the service/reg entries as well

I'm pretty sure even if you uninstall Mcafee (if you dont use the tool), it can and will crash your system, like it was still installed It sure can / Does, once had it actually reinstall its self, as it detected as being damaged and "fixed" itself.

Thats why I use revo, its amazing how much is left behind.

mzee
05-12-2014, 11:16 PM
Revo Uninstaller is very good, cleans up all the obsolete Registry entries and files. Never had a problem with it. I always format a new computer and reinstall the software. Use backupdrivermax.exe to collect all the drivers before you format.

Agent_24
06-12-2014, 02:14 PM
Thanks but

I dont trust programs such as that. (unless ten people on here have used it and recommended it)

I'd rather do it myself manually.

Besides which it does not mention Acer on the home page.

PC Decrapifier is a well known tool, though I don't use it much either. I prefer to do a clean format and reinstall.

1101
08-12-2014, 08:48 AM
I used de-crapifier software in the past.
All it did was run the Win Uninstall as a batch process for multiple uninstalls one after the other.

Just how many 'Acer' programs are on the thing (I guess alot) . You need to be a bit carefull removing the 'Acer' software, as sometimes that will also remove
drivers or functionality .
Run MSconfig, to get an idea of just what programs/services are trying to start when Win loads. From MSconfig you can enable/disable them to see if that helps

bevy121
08-12-2014, 11:52 AM
PC Decrapifier is a well known tool, though I don't use it much either. I prefer to do a clean format and reinstall.

Yea - That's what I prefer doing - saves a lot of potential headaches, and you know you have a good clean (snappy!) system from the word go... :)

PPp
08-12-2014, 04:27 PM
The Acer software is not too hard to uninstall. I did it for a mate who got a second hand Acer lappy. I just uninstalled anything that had Acer in it( I did check first, but it was all crap), it went OK afterwards, compared to "Acered up". I would check what each bit does though before uninstalling as they may have a "New and Improved " version since the one I did.

wainuitech
08-12-2014, 04:47 PM
If you happen to uninstall a Acer component thats needed, you'll generally fine on rebooting it will pop up with the found new hardware window, and install the drivers from the driver folder (Sometimes hidden on the C drive)

Digby
08-12-2014, 04:51 PM
Yes since I got rid of all the "Acer ware" my boot up time has improved immeasurably.