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Cleaning up a new computer

QI just bought a computer. There's really a lot of trial software on it. How do I know what I can remove? I want to do this before loading my own programs on it.

AI hear you! Those things really clutter up Windows Explorer. But look at it this way. Computers today are really cheap. And all that trial crud is one reason.

Profit margins on computers are very narrow. That's because competition is so fierce. Manufacturers are paid by publishers to install trial software. They hope buyers will upgrade to the full programs. And the computer manufacturers make a few hard-earned bucks.

Of course, not all software on a new machine is junk. Some is included to make a machine more attractive. Besides, as the adage goes, one man's trash is another man's treasure.

Computers used to come with installation discs. You'd get one for the operating system. Another would contain the programs. This made it possible to reformat the hard drive. From there, you could install Windows and skip most of the junk.

Unfortunately, most computers aren't like that these days. There is usually a separate recovery partition. And restoring your computer is usually an all-or-nothing affair.

Cleaning up a computer isn't bad. Just follow my easy instructions.

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Video of the Day: OK, you're good at your job. Not everyone has that happy circumstance. This guy will never be confused with Willie Sutton.

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Tip on the site: Here's a computer that runs wild at certain sites. The hard drive really flies. The owner fears his machine is going to wear out.

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