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    Degunker for New PC

    These types of programs have been mentioned before, but I didn't see a link, so here is one such: http://www.pcdecrapifier.com/download

    I have not used it yet, but I have been warned to select/configure the removal options carefully lest I remove something I didn't intend to.
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    Re: Degunker for New PC

    John

    I've played with it on new Dell Optiplexes where Dell have installed a load of 'junk' trial software, and to be honest all PC-Decrapifier seems to do is to automate the Add/Remove Program functions which you can use manually. The most useful feature I found in PC-Decrapifier was the list of software it produced which it had recognised as removable junk!

    Removing McAfee AV was a complete pig that I had to do by hand (stopping services, removing stuff from startup areas, deleting directories, going into Safe Mode, and so on) - took a couple of hours per box.

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    Re: Degunker for New PC

    John, I meant to get back to this thread sooner.

    I was also underwhelmed by PCDecrapifier. But it does shortcut the process of getting rid of some things a new owner may not otherwise have known was there.

    In my case it may not have been a fair test, because I had already painstakingly gone through Add/Remove programs for 8 hours or so to get rid of a number of other trial products on my machine which I knew I didn't want, and then dinked around in MSconfig to disable but not remove "helper" startup applets on programs I would not use frequently. So when I ran it there was already less gunk on my machine than would otherwise have been addressed by this program. And I decided to live with McAfee until the one year subscription ran out (pretty soon, now), so I'd be familair with it.

    In your case if these are machines bought through a business account they may have had less gunk than a retail purchase user would encounter. My company, and I assume that this is true of most, develops a ghost and simply overwrites whatever is on the hard drive of the machines it recieves (only on remote user PCs is there some actual prep work on the part of the IS team).
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    Re: Degunker for New PC

    John,

    Most companies you buy bulk machines from will allow you to provide *them* an image, and they'll be more than happy to throw it on the machines prior to shipping. I've just sent off my image to Dell, and they've guaranteed it will be on all my machines. Hopefully <img src=/S/crossfingers.gif border=0 alt=crossfingers width=17 height=16> I'll be able to configure computer names and accounts in the network, and be good to go!
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    Re: Degunker for New PC

    Aha, I have learned something! Thanks. I'm curious - any idea what the minimum order is for a PC company to slap an image on the machines?
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    Re: Degunker for New PC

    Not sure, I'm ordering 87; you'd have to contact the manufacturer to see what their requirements are.
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    Re: Degunker for New PC

    Jeremy

    We have a mere 25 PCs, and buy Optiplexes two or three at a time, usually when we see if there's any money left at the end of each financial year. By that time there's often a new model, anyway... So the only 'image' I'm ever likely to see is the mirage of adequate ICT funding for the voluntary sector!

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    Re: Degunker for New PC

    <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>

    I guess without any form of contract with them, you probably wouldn't be able to get them to put the image on the machines. I suppose that's the good thing about being in the military...I've got a budget as big as I can justify! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    PS - I justify 87 Optiplex GX-620's by putting Windows XP and Office 2003 on machines with 1.7ghz processors and 256mb of RAM.... users complain, and I get my way!
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