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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
    Commented Apr 25, 2012 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? Commented Apr 25, 2012 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
    Commented Apr 25, 2012 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
    Commented Apr 25, 2012 at 17:53
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    I'd +2 that if I could. Perfect answer.
    – user11604
    Commented Apr 25, 2012 at 19:56
  • besides bloatware you more then likely to have the virus of the day delivered by your friendly pc provider!
    – tony roth
    Commented Apr 25, 2012 at 20:54
  • What to do with the 'free' Windows license your friendly OEM provides you with? Commented Apr 25, 2012 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. Commented Apr 26, 2012 at 1:16
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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? Commented Apr 26, 2012 at 6:18

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