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The company I work at goes through computers fairly regularly. When we get a new computer, someone has to manually go through and remove all the bloatware that comes with the computer. Right now, I am compiling a database of known bloatware and their silent uninstall commands, but many programs either don't have or require a silent uninstall script to be created. I'm wondering if there are any methods that I have missed that would silently reduce the windows installation to just the barebones OS and drivers.

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As Lucas said. However, if you've got a decent list of how to uninstall crapware consider publishing it to a forum or site - there's probably a number of people that would appriciate it. –  tombull89 Apr 25 '12 at 17:52
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As Lucas said. However, why are you buying computers from a vendor who installs software you don't want in the first place? –  Joshua Drake Apr 25 '12 at 20:33
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@JoshuaDrake Are there any who don't? Even when buying HPs and Dells through our corporate account at my last job, they still had a lot of crap on them out of the box. Not quite as much as a consumer desktop, but still a lot more crap than a clean install. –  Tacroy Apr 25 '12 at 22:49

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It's called a format. Just use a PXE server with some windows images. When a new computer comes in you automatically install a new windows image on it. In my experience, that's the easiest way.

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Totally agree, even when you uninstall that bloatware there are all sorts of little artifacts that can cause issues not the least of which is potentially leave security risks. –  dc5553 Apr 25 '12 at 17:53
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I'd +2 that if I could. Perfect answer. –  Bryan Apr 25 '12 at 19:56
    
besides bloatware you more then likely to have the virus of the day delivered by your friendly pc provider! –  tony roth Apr 25 '12 at 20:54
    
What to do with the 'free' Windows license your friendly OEM provides you with? –  Martijn Heemels Apr 25 '12 at 22:57
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@MartijnHeemels Some of the MS volume licensing arrangements require the purchase of the OEM license with the system in order to use the volume key. –  Shane Madden Apr 26 '12 at 1:16

Lucas's answer is the best way to go but if you have a situation where that's not practical you can create a machine image using an OEM install of Windows, customised to your liking. Give a copy of that image to your OEM supplier and instruct them to use it for all future PC purchases. If the supplier won't agree to do that find a supplier who will work with you.

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PC Decrapifier is actually pretty good for this.

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But you would still need to run and select everything manually no? –  Lucas Kauffman Apr 26 '12 at 6:18

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