Acer :: Bloatware Removal Guide For

Jan 14, 2010

if any bloatware removal guides exist for Acer machines? IE, which programs can I easily remove. We recently picked up an Acer (desktop) and it came LOADED with bloatware.

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Sony :: SR Bloatware Removal-2

Jun 7, 2009

sony video shared library - keep
viao location utitility - ?
adobe flash - ?
adoble plugin - ?
adobe reader - ?
battery check - ?
java 2 runtime environment - ?
settings utility series - ?
sony video shared library - ?
vaio event service (keep this this is the software for the Fn keys and stuff) - keep
vaio power management (i kept this, this is useful, it lets u power on and off different components on your laptop to save battery) - keep
Vaio wallpaper contents
vaio recovery center shortcuts & readme
vaio my memory center (i took it off.. useless) - remove
AoL software Suite
Vaio Documentation
Microsoft Works SE 9.0
Microsoft Office 2007 Home and Student Trial............

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HP/Compaq :: Hp Bloatware Removal

Apr 18, 2009

I recently bought an hp dv5 which came with a lot of unuseful software .I would like to uninstall Hp totalcare advisor,but i couldn't find it in control panel (add/remove programs),i also tried with pc-decrapifier but with no avail. how to get rid of this software?how can i uninstall it? And also i have seen another program:hp active support library,is it safe to remove?

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Sony :: VAIO Bloatware Removal

Feb 3, 2009

i just got my FW390CTO deliver today and of course it's full of bloatware. I don't want to do a fresh install to get rig of all the jun

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Sony :: Factory Recovery DVD = Clean Install/Bloatware Removal

May 4, 2009

I'm trying to remove the dreaded Sony bloatware from my new TT. Is it the case that by purchasing a set of Recovery DVDs from Sony, I will be able to initialize my TT without the bloatware? (Then this might save me the hassle of a semi-clean install, and something going terribly wrong during the process).

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Dell :: AHCI Issue From Bloatware Guide...

Jan 17, 2009

I am following the bloatware removal guide and once I get to the part in the setup where I have to point it to the Intel Matrix file I put on a CD,

it eliminates all but one file that it says is compatible with my system, but then that file will not work to install

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Acer :: How Do You ID And Get Rid Of Bloatware On The Aspire

Nov 13, 2009

It was easy to get rid of the Acer games--most of those are trial versions anyway.

But what about these?

Acer Arcade Deluxe - Acer games have been deleted, keep the arcade for videos, music, pictures, or let WMP, Media Center handle these?

MS Office - trialware At some point I may buy MS Office. Do I need these as placeholders?
Activation Assistant
Excel 2007
One Note 2007
PowerPoint 2007
Word 2007 - haven't used, but have some old Word docs may need to open. M$ replaced Word with "Works Word Processor" in MS Works.

MS Office Live Add-in
Office Live Add-in help
Office Live Add-in workplace

Windows Defender - replaced by MSE--still needed?

Vista "My Stationary" - have one letterhead template created from MS Works. rest probably won't get used.

NTI Backup Now 5 - think these two were freebies from Acer "partners" for registering, and solicit you to buy the "full" version
NTI Media Maker 8

Software Informer - must've downloaded this, but don't know if it's reliable, and if it's a good idea to let third-party software update by itself...............

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Acer :: Anyway To Remove All The Bloatware

Aug 11, 2009

just got a new Acer 6530 laptop and it has SOOO much bloatware, a lot of things that i don't even need. I like how Dell had like zero bloatware. i like Acer's program that backups the whole system though. Does Vista have something like that?

Should i delete all the programs from Control Panel or is there a way for me to install a version of Vista (downloaded copy from a torrent site) and then use the key provided from the Acer laptop so I know it'll only install Vista?

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Acer :: 6930G Notebook HDD Removal

Apr 23, 2009

Does anyone know how to remove the primary HDD from an Acer 6930 laptop? It seems to be designed not to be removed, very annoying. I hope we're not returning to the bad old days of having to remove half the casing just to get at one component.

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Acer :: 5920 Rear Cover Removal

Nov 25, 2008

I have a 5920 that is just out of warranty and want to upgrade the 160 gig HD with a 500 gig WD. The 5920 is a wonderful machine and working fine. Looked like a five minute job to remove the ram/HD cover by removing the 7 screws visible on my rear cover. But, it wouldn't come off, felt like more screws were possibly under the MS Vista label on the cover. A web search resulted in a downloaded manual for the 5920 that said "remove 9 screws". No screws shown under the label. Looking around some more, I see 2 small "indents", for lack of a better word, that could hide the 2 missing screws. Were these 2 "indents" effectively "tamper-proof" plugs? Looking at this site, I see that others were removing 9 screws but it was also noted that the cover had to be "carefully" pried off after that. No mention of plugs. From a photo someone posted, it looks like the "indents" I see are at about the same location as 2 of the HD mounting screws. So, maybe ACER changed the design so that these two screws don't come off with the back cover anymore. Maybe the 2 "indents" I see are not "plugs" but simply undrilled holes so I only need to remove 7, not 9 screws and then do the prying. Questions: Does anyone know if these two "indents" are tamper-proof plugs or just undrilled holes? Then, I would like to know more about this "prying". What is being pried upon? A picture would be good. The back cover pictures I've seen here and in the repair manual do not show what must be pried upon.

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Acer :: Aspire 5542 Keyboard Removal

Apr 2, 2010

I'm trying to replace the keyboard on my Aspire 5542 but can't work out how to remove it.

I believe I need to remove the panel above the keyboard that houses the speakers. On other models I see there are some screws to remove below the battery however on this model there isn't.

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Acer :: Aspire 5920 Keyboard Removal

Nov 26, 2009

I've seen how to replace the keyboard on laptops, but I'm having difficulty getting the cover panel between the display hinges and the top of the keyboard, on this Aspire 5920. Anyone know the trick to removing this panel, so I don't end up cracking it?

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Acer :: Aspire 1641 CD Removal + Pics

Sep 21, 2007

How do I remove this CD drive!

Acer Aspire 1641


I have drawn on what I *believe* it looks like from guessing - and the white inset image is something I got from[url]

Now I assume I gotta remove the BLUE screw, but that means removing the keyboard, but I cannot work out how to do this.

On the front are 3 hinges for the monitor, and the green strip is sort of flexible, but I cannot remove it to gain access to the keyboard.

I have removed all easily accessible screws.

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Acer :: X1200 Hard Drive Removal

Jul 23, 2009

i have a x1200 that i need to remove the hard drive from, i have the case open and can see it sitting below the dvd drive. will i have to remove the dvd drive and other things to get at the hard drive or is there a simpler way i don't see.

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Acer :: Aspire 5930G- Removal Of Programs

Oct 27, 2008

I have an Acer Aspire 5930G and I'm simply wondering what acer programs are worth still having on the computer (or any programs that came with the computer for that matter e.g. NTI backup now 5) =)

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Acer :: Removal Of BIOS Password In TM8471

Jan 5, 2015

I want to remove BIOS Password in ACER TM8471 Windows 7.

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Acer :: Aspire 6920 - Arcade Deluxe Removal

Apr 3, 2009

I have an Acer Aspire 6920 and I absolutely loath the Acer Arcade Deluxe.

anyone know how to completely remove it or disable it?

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Acer :: Service Guide For Travelmate 230 / 280

Aug 19, 2007

I'm looking for a service guide for an acer travelmate 230/280, can anyone point me in the right direction?

I have the ones for travelmate 240/250 and aspire 1360/1520, is there somewhere I can upload them to?

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Acer :: ASPİRE 5530 Service Guide

May 11, 2009

i need aspire service manuel guide...

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Acer :: Aspire 7740G Dissasemble Guide

Feb 7, 2010

on disassembling my Aspire 7740G.I want to find my PLL chip for oc'ing.I guess i would somehow need to remove my keyboard?All attempts on my side failed (I removed all the screws i found still no success)A service manual or some info would be nice.

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Acer :: [GUIDE] Clean Install Of Windows 7

Nov 11, 2009

Guide: Clean installation of Windows 7 on Acer, heavily edited by moderators

This guide explains how to do a clean installation of Windows 7 on an Acer computer that's been licensed to used it.
If your system originally came with Windows Vista, you need an Acer Upgrade Kit.
If your system originally came with Windows 7, use the key on the bottom of your machine.

The described method will work for ANY edition (Starter/Home/Pro/Ultimate) and for ANY architecture (32/64-bit) and ANY language, but only the version you are licensed for; no free upgrades here.

Step 1: Verify eligibility for Windows 7.
Either you are licensed for Windows 7 by having a key on the bottom of your machine, or you have an Acer Upgrade kit. If you have neither, then you are not licensed for it, regardless of what's in your BIOS.

Step 2: Back-up factory images and personal files.
Since we will be reinstalling Windows you will lose all your files and ability to restore to factory condition, so it would be a wise thing to make back-ups.
A. Back-up factory images.
If you want to have restore DVDs then it should be a good time to create them now. You can do it via Acer eRecovery program. If you have a built-in or external DVD drive then simply burn them and if you do not then you can save DVD image to your hard drive. Follow these instructions.
B. Back-up personal files.
If you have files you would like to keep now it is time to save them to either a flash drive or an external hard drive.

Step 3: Preparing Windows 7 installation image.
Simply use the content in this topic to download and prepare your Windows 7 DVD or USB key. This will also remove the version restriction so the burned DVD or prepped USB key can be used to install any version of Windows 7 - you'll still need the right license key, of course.

Step 4: Setting up Windows 7 installation media.
See above..................................................

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Acer :: Travelmate 2424 Service Guide

Jul 16, 2007

I tried to open up my computer today, but couldn't get to the fan. It's overheating, so I want to clean it. I guess the service guide should have instructions on how to do it. how I could get it or how I can get to the fan,

It's a TravelMate 2424... a guide for the 2420 series should do, I think.

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Acer :: Guide To Dual Booting Windows And Ubuntu

Mar 16, 2009

how to guide for dual tri or quad boot linux with xp vista or 7 or all 3

Ubuntu is available as a "live" CD, which means that you can use it directly from the CD without installing it. But running an operating system from a CD is slow, to see what Ubuntu can do running at full speed, you need to install it to your hard disk.

The ideal situation would be to install Ubuntu on it's own separate hard disk, but most people don't have two hard drives in their computer, and most people are not prepared to give up Windows. Therefore they have to install Ubuntu along-side Windows on the same hard disk in a dual-boot configuration.

Configuring a dual-boot system involves partitioning your hard disk to make space for Ubuntu. When your computer first starts, it reads information on the first sector of the hard drive which tells it where to find the "boot loader". The boot loader is a file with information about the installed operating systems and how to start them.

The boot loader for Windows is a file named "boot.ini". The boot loader for a Linux system (like Ubuntu) is GRUB (Grand Unified Boot Loader). When you install Ubuntu in a dual-boot system, it redirects the system to use GRUB. When you first start your system, GRUB presents a list of options, including starting Ubuntu or starting Windows. So you'll still be able to use your Windows operating system.

To install Ubuntu, start it with the live CD. To use the live CD, your computer's BIOS must be configured to boot from the CD drive. It's probably already configured that way, but if not, when your computer first starts watch for a message telling you which key to press to access the BIOS setup. Most computers use the F2, F1, Esc, or Del key.........

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Acer :: The Definitive Guide To Aspire Gemstone Blue Throttling

Jul 29, 2009

The Definitive Guide to Acer Aspire Gemstone Blue Throttling Issues v2.0
Credit Due to DarkSilver, ATG, Sgogeta4, and Unclewebb

This thread is specifically designed to put an end to the multitude of threads about people asking why their Aspire 6920G, 6930G, 6935G, 8920G, or 8930G is experiencing lackluster performance in gaming.

What Causes It

Weíre not 100% certain, but through a process of elimination, we believe there are two possible causes:

ēThat a sensor on the motherboard is going haywire, reading internal temperatures entirely wrong. As a result, the systemís BIOS believes the CPUís temperature is reaching dangerous levels when itís really well within operating limits, and causes a thermal throttle to be activated. This halves the CPUís performance until the temperatures are returned to what the system perceives as safe levels.

ēIt could also be potentially linked to a ridiculously low setting in the BIOS and not the fault of a motherboard sensor Ė this was refuted by my travel to Acerís Canadian headquarters, where a stock 6920G was shown to operate just fine, with no throttling whatsoever. That being said, given the large number of users affected, it's still a possibility.....................

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Acer :: Upgraded Core Solo T1350 To Core 2 Duo T7200 On Aspire 5570 Guide

Jan 23, 2009

(UPDATES: DIY Bluetooth module guide added below)

upgrading my Aspire 5570 notebook more than a year ago. This time, Iím feeling lucky to share some of my experiences about how I finally upgraded my CPU from a Core Solo T1350Core 2 Duo T7200.

Again, thanks to everybody here in Notebookreview forum especially adinu, hoggie, Mack1982, TehSuigi, krazyphire and bigozone for their insights and knowledge that helps me a lot throughout the whole process. So, letís get started!


Please refer to these post before you start. It'll save you a lot of time and trouble later on.
Upgraded Acer 3680 Celeron CPU to a T5300!
Aspire 5315 CPU Step-by-Step Upgrade Guide

What youíll need :Your new CPU (make sure it's compatible with your system ie; socket, FSB)Latest BIOS from Acer (upgraded to 1.3505 or latest)A good thermal paste (I would recommend Tuniq TX-2 or Arctic Silver 5 as well)Basic tools (screwdrivers, forceps, kitchen paper)Body static discharger (I would definitely recommend this as a precaution)Some alcohol, ear buds, sand paper grid 600,1200 & 2000 (optional for heat sink lapping)Lastly TIME and PATIENCE (youíll be needing these a lot definitely!)When youíre ready, lets get our hands dirty.

How to disassemble your notebook?
I found out a very good video tutorial on how to disassemble my Aspire notebook on YouTube. So please take your time to view it and follow step by step as shown to help you to go through the process.

Lapping your heat sink (optional)
Although itís not necessary, but I would recommend this process as another way to improve heat dissipation on your newly installed CPU. Refer to this page for detailed instructions.

The simple process:Clean your heat sink from old thermal paste residues with alcohol or equivalent of it using ear buds and kitchen papers.Apply a 600-grid sandpaper to smoothen the heat sink surface which comes into contact with your CPU.Repeat the process again with a 1200-gid sand paper until youíre satisfied.Finally, finish up by applying a 2000-grid sand paper to give you an almost mirror-finished surface. Wipe clean any dirt and residues left.....................................

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Acer :: Enable SPDIF Outout: Step By Step Guide

Nov 17, 2009

I have a new Aspire 8935G with Realtek audio (AL889, if I read it well) and I'm not able to use digital output.

I tried using a common stereo jack to RCA cable, using just the left (black) RCA to plug into the digital COAX input of my ampilfier, but nothing came from the speakers.

Do you know how to setup the digital output of the Aspire?

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Dell :: Bloatware

Jul 15, 2009

I've read the forum on remoing the bloatware and also several articles from 2007 that say Dell was giving the option of not having the addition programs installed on XPS systems. I saw no such option when I ordered so I was curious about this in regards to the studio xps 16.

My questions are how much bloatware is actually still being installed? How hard is it to remove and does it actually speed the computer up? Are there any other advantages to removing it such as less heat from not running as much/hard? And finally are there any programs worth keeping ie Dell dock etc...? Many opinions will be appreciated and thanks.

Sysyem config: t9550 cpu, RGBLed 1080, 4670 1gb gpu and 320 @7200 hdd.

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Sony :: Anyone Using Bloatware?

Mar 20, 2009

Does anybody use bloatware that come with Sony notebooks at all? The only one I use is Roxio Easy Media Creator as I find it usefull to burn DVD and it uses little resources. Other than that,

I don't use them at all. In fact, there is not even a trace of them when I do clean install

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Sony :: Bloatware

May 12, 2009

what can and can not be safely removed the machine is a AR51E running Vista, is their a suggested list of what's good to remove to increase speed, machine only used for internet, office work and general saving of photo's and the very odd bit of gaming by my grandson.

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Sony :: Z11 Bloatware

Apr 26, 2010

I bought a pre-configured model and don't have the CTO Fresh Start option, so I'm trying to deal with the various software "extras" Sony so thoughtfully provided. I've identified and removed some of the most obvious, but there are a number of Sony or VAIO things that I don't recognize or understand.

I gather that I don't want to delete the Sony Care Center stuff, but what is "PMB" or "Sony Home Network Library" or "VAIO Content Metadata ... stuff" or even "Windows Live ... stuff", etc?

Is there a list anywhere of the either (a) all of the bloatware that can be removed (i.e., uninstalled) or (b) what the various bloatware programs do?

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