Removing Bloatware on New Dell XPS Laptop?


newmann

Active member
VIP
Local time
12:38 PM
Posts
209
Visit site
OS
Windows 11 Pro
What is the easiest way to do this without doing a clean reinstall of windows 11 pro? Got my dell xps laptop and set it up earlier but still have many things to do with it.


I see I have mcafee so definitely add/remove it correct? I use paid kaspersky total... or the free windows defender. Now if i remove it on the local account which is the account I am planning to use, does it also get removed from the microsoft account which I first created to set up the laptop? If i sign in to the microsoft account, that mcafee will still be there? I only plan to use the local account though.


I also see lot of programs that looks to be bloatware. Is it best to not remove it and leave it as is? Now if its something that is obvious bloatware, you remove it? Is there a guide here which shows all the programs that are bloatware so i can compared the programs with this bloatware list? Thank you.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro

glasskuter

Well-known member
Pro User
VIP
Local time
11:38 AM
Posts
3,284
Location
Paris in the Lone Star State of Texas
Visit site
OS
Windows 11 Pro 22H2 22621.1105
To remove mcAfee- McAfee is bad about sometimes not cleanly uninstalling . It says it does, but it always leaves stuff behind. I use Revo Uninstaller which will get rid of all its remnants and left over registry entries. (I use Revo to uninstall everything. It's a great little program to have. Free version here. You can install Revo or use the portable version which requires no installation.)

If you do not want to use Revo, uninstall McAfee through control panel-programs & features. Then run the McAfee Removal Tool (MCPR) You can get it from here.

As far as Dell Bloatware, you can uninstall any of it you do not want the normal way. I did keep Dell Command Update because I find it useful in keeping my drivers and bios up to date. I turned off driver updates through Windows Update as WU always installed older drivers. I use Dell Command Update and the Intel Driver and Support Assist tool which you can get from Intel to handle all my drivers. I run them both monthly.
In Pro, you can turn off updating drivers through Windows Update by using Group Policy Editor or with a reg file. I chose Group Policy Editor method in order to make sure it sticks.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 22H2 22621.1105
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 7080
    CPU
    i9-10900 10 core 20 threads
    Motherboard
    DELL 0J37VM
    Memory
    32 gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    none-Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    Integrated Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    256 m.2 2230-256+1 tb hdd
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell Premium
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Internet Speed
    so slow I'm too embarrassed to tell
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 21H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 9020
    CPU
    i7-4770
    Memory
    24 gb
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    256 gb Toshiba BG4 M.2 NVE SSB and 1 tb hdd
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell factory
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Internet Speed
    still not telling
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium

TechnoMage2021

Well-known member
Member
VIP
Local time
12:38 PM
Posts
219
Location
Central Florida, USA
Visit site
OS
Win-11/Pro/64
10-4 on Revo Uninstaller! If you've got a bunch of Bloatware to get rid of, Revo is your friend. I always use it at the Highest Level and let it do the final Scan for leftovers. The FREE version seems to work just fine.

McAfee is all too often found on a new PC. It always gets Uninstalled, by me. JUNK!
Kaspersky? Comes from Russia! Can you really trust it? I don't!

A MUST HAVE on all my installs is the FREE version of "Super Anti Spyware". It most importantly keeps my PC clean of 'Tracking Cookies' which can build up on HD by the thousands in no time at all. Very few programs look for and delete them. I cleaned up one customer's PC that had 140,000 tracking cookies on it.

Cheers Mates! Stay Safe, Stay Happy!
TM :cool:
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win-11/Pro/64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer AX1200
    CPU
    AMD 2 Core/Athlon/64
    Motherboard
    Acer/AMD
    Memory
    Crucial, 4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Onboard
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" Acer
    Hard Drives
    Crucial SSD 500GB
    PSU
    non OEM
    Case
    SFF Slimline
    Cooling
    OEM
    Keyboard
    eMachine, 101 key External
    Mouse
    Logitech USB Wireless
    Internet Speed
    varies
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender, Super Anti Spyware
    Other Info
    Given to me as DEAD, and irreparable.
    I refurbished it, with a new SSD and max ram, and it's running Win-8.1 today.

FreeBooter

Well-known member
Power User
VIP
Local time
8:38 PM
Posts
1,180
Location
Adana
Visit site
OS
Windows 11
Hi @newmann,

In this guide, you will learn the steps to use a simple to make Windows 11 as lean as possible by removing components you may not need.

 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
    Motherboard
    Erica6
    Memory
    Micron Technology DDR4-3200 16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC671
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung SyncMaster U28E590
    Screen Resolution
    3840 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    SAMSUNG MZVLQ1T0HALB-000H1

zbook

Well-known member
Power User
VIP
Local time
11:38 AM
Posts
1,333
Visit site
OS
Windows 10
It is always best to make free or pay backup images:

(Acronis, Aoemi, EaseUS, Macrium, Paragon, etc.)


See:



For bloatware the best method is a clean install and the next best method is a reset save files.

This requires the reinstallation of drivers and applications.

All bloatware is removed and it saves files.

 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4800MQ CPU @ 2.70GHz
    Motherboard
    Product : 190A Version : KBC Version 94.56
    Memory
    16 GB Total: Manufacturer : Samsung MemoryType : DDR3 FormFactor : SODIMM Capacity : 8GB Speed : 1600
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA Quadro K3100M; Intel(R) HD Graphics 4600
    Sound Card
    IDT High Definition Audio CODEC; PNP Device ID HDAUDIO\FUNC_01&VEN_111D&DEV_76E0
    Hard Drives
    Model Hitachi HTS727575A9E364
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender
    Other Info
    Mobile Workstation

Alexey2912

Well-known member
Member
VIP
Local time
7:38 AM
Posts
1,909
Location
Aiea, Honolulu HI
Visit site
OS
Windows 11 Pro (22621.963)
Hi @newmann,

In this guide, you will learn the steps to use a simple to make Windows 11 as lean as possible by removing components you may not need.

@FreeBooter , how to know what windows and system apps are safe to remove for an average user, wanting a light fast, responsive, error free W11 receiving all security and cumulative updates. Nice YouTube.;-)

I viewed this some days back on on another channel.

Now that I have a stable W11 221H2, and a backup am confused between this app, Rectify and NTLite.....:confused:



PS: I don't use any W11 apps, only utilities like notepad, snipping tool, task manager.....No Edge, defender etc...

Have a great day!
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro (22621.963)
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron i5 5510
    CPU
    core i7 11th gen
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4 @3200 MHz
    Hard Drives
    1 TB SSD M.2 NVMe
    Keyboard
    Dell Premier Multi-Device Wireless Keyboard and Mouse – KM7321W
    Browser
    Brave.
    Other Info
    Edifier speakers. (Thanks to @Edwin).
  • Operating System
    W11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    XPS Special Edition
    CPU
    11th Gen Intel® Core i7-11700 processor
    Memory
    32 GB, 2 x 16 GB, DDR4, 2933 MHz, dual channel
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 12GB GDDR6
    Hard Drives
    2TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD

FreeBooter

Well-known member
Power User
VIP
Local time
8:38 PM
Posts
1,180
Location
Adana
Visit site
OS
Windows 11
You can safely remove any apps you don't use.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
    Motherboard
    Erica6
    Memory
    Micron Technology DDR4-3200 16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC671
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung SyncMaster U28E590
    Screen Resolution
    3840 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    SAMSUNG MZVLQ1T0HALB-000H1

Alexey2912

Well-known member
Member
VIP
Local time
7:38 AM
Posts
1,909
Location
Aiea, Honolulu HI
Visit site
OS
Windows 11 Pro (22621.963)

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro (22621.963)
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron i5 5510
    CPU
    core i7 11th gen
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4 @3200 MHz
    Hard Drives
    1 TB SSD M.2 NVMe
    Keyboard
    Dell Premier Multi-Device Wireless Keyboard and Mouse – KM7321W
    Browser
    Brave.
    Other Info
    Edifier speakers. (Thanks to @Edwin).
  • Operating System
    W11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    XPS Special Edition
    CPU
    11th Gen Intel® Core i7-11700 processor
    Memory
    32 GB, 2 x 16 GB, DDR4, 2933 MHz, dual channel
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 12GB GDDR6
    Hard Drives
    2TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD

FreeBooter

Well-known member
Power User
VIP
Local time
8:38 PM
Posts
1,180
Location
Adana
Visit site
OS
Windows 11

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
    Motherboard
    Erica6
    Memory
    Micron Technology DDR4-3200 16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC671
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung SyncMaster U28E590
    Screen Resolution
    3840 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    SAMSUNG MZVLQ1T0HALB-000H1

Megahertz

Wish to be flying
Member
VIP
Local time
2:38 PM
Posts
184
Location
Brazil
Visit site
OS
Windows 7 HP 64 - Windows 11 Pro - Lubuntu
It is always best to make free or pay backup images:

(Acronis, Aoemi, EaseUS, Macrium, Paragon, etc.)


See:



For bloatware the best method is a clean install and the next best method is a reset save files.

This requires the re installation of drivers and applications.

All bloatware is removed and it saves files.

Totally agree with zbook
- Make a drive image backup and save on an external drive.
- Extract the drivers and save them to a folder on an external drive.
- Do a Reset Windows 11 PC - Option Keep my files > Change settings > Preinstalled apps Off
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 7 HP 64 - Windows 11 Pro - Lubuntu
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    custom build
    CPU
    i5 6600K - 800MHz to 4400MHz
    Motherboard
    GA-Z170-HD3P
    Memory
    4+4G GSkill DDR4 3000
    Graphics Card(s)
    IG - Intel 530
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 226BW
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050
    Hard Drives
    (1) -1 SM951 – 128GB M.2 AHCI PCIe SSD drive for Windows 7 and Lubuntu
    (2) -1 WD SATA 3 - 1T for Data
    (3) -1 WD SATA 3 - 1T for backup
    (4) -1 BX500 SSD - 128G for Win 10
    PSU
    Thermaltake 450W TR2 gold
    Keyboard
    Old and good Chicony mechanical keyboard
    Mouse
    Logitech mX performance - 9 buttons (had to disable some)
    Internet Speed
    500 Mb/s
    Browser
    Firefox 64
  • Operating System
    Windows 7 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Asus Q550LF
    CPU
    i7-4500U 800- 3000MHz
    Motherboard
    Asus Q550LF
    Memory
    (4+4)G DDR3 1600
    Graphics card(s)
    IG intel 4400 + NVIDIA GeForce GT 745M
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG Display LP156WF4-SPH1
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    BX500 120G SSD for Windows and programs
    & 1T HDD for data
    Internet Speed
    350 Mb/s
    Browser
    Firefox 64

pparks1

Well-known member
Power User
VIP
Local time
12:38 PM
Posts
572
Visit site
OS
Windows 11 Pro
There isn't a definitive guide to bloatware, as the term has different meanings to different people. Generally speaking, when I have purchased a machine from Dell (I bought 1 personal desktop and 1 laptop, and tons of machines for work). The first thing I usually do is turn it on, make sure the hardware works, then i hit the website, download the drivers and install Windows myself. This gets rid of anything that isn't just the base OS.

However, for other people they might have chosen the machine with Office or Norton and wanted it on there. So, for them, keeping these applications around is what they chose. I've also seen a few instances where there was something like Roxio CD Creator in the past and it seemed to be loaded on the image from Dell, but not necessarily available via the install media or very hard to find on the website.

My suggestion would be to take an image of the machine with a tool like Macrium Reflect. Then, clean it up however you see fit. Uninstall anything you don't want. If all is well, you won't ever go back to that image, but if for some reason you run into an issue or are missing something and cannot get it loaded, you can at least return back to the way it was.

Of course, you can safely leave anything on your machine. It just takes up some disk space. As long as you disable it from running on startup, you shouldn't have impact to performance.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Beelink SEI8
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-8279u
    Motherboard
    AZW SEI
    Memory
    32GB DDR4 2666Mhz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Iris Plus 655
    Sound Card
    Intel SST
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Asus ProArt PA278QV
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    512GB NVMe
    PSU
    NA
    Case
    NA
    Cooling
    NA
    Keyboard
    NA
    Mouse
    NA
    Internet Speed
    500/50
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    Mini PC used for testing Windows 11.

Latest Support Threads

Top Bottom