chrishoffman — 2013-10-29T06:41:23-04:00 — #1
Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/174587/refreshing-your-pc-wont-help-why-bloatware-is-still-a-problem-on-windows-8/
Bloatware is still a big problem on new Windows 8 and 8.1 PCs. Some websites will tell you that you can easily get rid of manufacturer-installed bloatware with Windows 8′s Reset feature, but they’re generally wrong.
themike — 2013-10-29T17:52:17-04:00 — #2
i've never been able to get the refresh feature to ever work. windows 8.1 clean install with macrium reflect is my choice
raphoenix — 2013-10-29T18:30:55-04:00 — #3
The refresh will not work if you installed the complete installation on a basic one partition hard drive.
I do this because I don't want the SSD raid 0 set divided up into Four Partitions because of Windows 8 native GPT disk structure.
Have to have a custom machine UEFI Bios with a lot of different settings to accomplish this.
romanby1 — 2013-10-29T18:42:33-04:00 — #4
The obvious way to get a copy of any windows system free of bloatware etc. is to install backup software e.g. Acronis TrueImage or the free Paragon software etc.
Remove the offending files manually, Revo Uninstaller is good at removing most of the bits and pieces that Windows Uninstaller leaves behind and then make a Backup of the cleaned system preferably to an external drive.
If a reinstall is then required a new clean system can be on your laptop or PC in a relatively short time.
The last time reinstalled the system on my PC was up and running in not much more time than it took to make and drink a cup of tea.