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How do I remove those pesky junk programs typically associated with a new computer? Going through Add/Remove Programs in the control panel seems very slow as it is only allowing me to uninstall one thing at a time.

I want to speed up this process, is there an application for massively uninstalling applications?

If so, does it have an internal database that can tell you what an application is for and any complications caused by uninstalling it?

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As an aside, Dell is advertising a, errr, funny feature at dell.com/us/en/business/desktops/vostrodt/…: No Unwanted Trialware - Vostro systems can be purchased with no trialware and have less desktop clutter with fewer links and icons than competitors making your system run faster and giving you more space for your important files. –  Arjan Feb 1 '10 at 19:07

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I tend to use PC Decrapifier which will detect commonly installed crapware and prompt you for which ones you want to remove. It will then run through the uninstallers for each of those. Since it will only detect from a known list of software, you can be safer in knowing that you probably don't need it. However, I find that some vigilance on your own part may be necessary so you don't remove some things that may be useful to you, like DVD burning software.

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+1 for avoiding removal of OEM apps like DVD players and other useful stuff. –  Dave M Feb 1 '10 at 20:15
    
I wish I hadn't finished my task already. Sounds like this would save me some serious time and is exactly what I was looking for. –  Corey D Feb 1 '10 at 22:02

The fastest method?

Definitely installing Windows 7 from scratch (takes about 20 minutes) ... and the desired effect is guaranteed while uninstalling programs will most likely leave junk files on the system which have to be cleaned up manually, never mind orphaned registry entries.

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Ok I go with this one, but you have to have all drivers available! –  Ivo Flipse Feb 1 '10 at 18:57
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@Ivo - You can easily backup your drivers as convenient installers with DriverMax. –  Molly7244 Feb 1 '10 at 19:02
    
More like 10 to 15 minutes with a USB thumb drive, though :) And drivers are something that solves itself with the first visit to Windows Update. –  Joey Feb 1 '10 at 19:50

If it doesn't have to be free:

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Their self-proclaimed benefits:

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