In the office that I am currently working every quarter of the month, new laptops are coming from suppliers waiting to be unboxed. Some come with its own operating system. For cost cutting reason some laptop comes without any OS or comes with a free operating system like Ubuntu Linux or Dos (disk operating system).
You have a new laptop and it comes pre-installed with bloatware software – bloatware is defined as unwanted software installed by a manufacturer on a new computer.
To review your computer list of installed software, go to the control panel. If you’re not familiar with Windows navigation, just simply click start and type control panel, or for the expert, they will use windows+R then type control.
You will see a window just like this and click uninstall program from there you will the list of all installed software. What are the things to check and uninstall Games, pre-installed anti-virus, Manufacturer software are to be considered and solely depend on you if you use this or if you rarely use this or not use at all better uninstall all
See image below of my personal computer list of installed software. Yes, you can use your computer for everyday essentials computing with this minimum software installed. Watching a movie, checking your emails and browsing the web.
After the removal of the unwanted software, next thing to do is replace the uninstalled Antivirus I would recommend immunet from immunet.com. This an AV develop and maintain by the community and best of all free.
Once you have secured your new system do a quick windows update this may take time depending on the version of your Windows OS and OS build. Warning this may take a while. It will reboot your system for a few times but this is necessary to make your system secure.
Once your system is up to date now its time to customize your system of course. Different users have different requirements but the list below is always needed.
Productivity tools – Microsoft office or libre office
Browsers – google chrome or mozilla firefox
Compressor – Winrar or 7zip or winzip
Media players – VLC or Divx or KMPlayer and GOM player
Many people can do a lot with their computer with the list of software above and most people use only their browser most of the time.
The next thing to do is disable auto start software for start up this will allow you to use your computer faster upon startup or logging in, instead of waiting for a few minutes.
Press CTRL+SHIFT+ESC , Click more details
Click the startup Tab, then from the list disable the software that you will not use immediately.
The setup above or tips can also apply on a windows system that has been used for some time, because removing unnecessary software that your not using will your computer happy.