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Bloatware is Annoying: What You Can Do About It

Bloatware is Annoying: What You Can Do About It

March 20, 2024

Most computers these days will come with their fair share of bloatware, i.e. unwanted software that comes preinstalled on the operating system by the developers. While the developers do tend to get paid for including bloatware with their operating systems, there is often no need for it, leading users to question why it’s there and what to do about it.

Bloatware is a Problem for Individuals and Companies

The big problem with bloatware is that it takes up a lot of space without really offering anything to the user in return. Sometimes it can impact the system’s performance while also eating into your storage space, creating issues all around.

Businesses also must realize that the solutions that tend to be bloatware are disruptive and better off being replaced by less intrusive solutions. After all, bloatware will often remind users of its presence, and it is often for services that you already have in some capacity.

So, what do you do about it?

Most Bloatware Can Be Removed

Sometimes bloatware has a legitimate use, but more often than not, it has no real practical use in the workplace environment. For example, look at applications like Netflix, Solitaire, and Xbox-related apps, and you’ll see that there is no reason for them to be there on a work PC.

While the process might differ, there is usually a way to remove it.

How to Remove Bloatware from Windows 10 and 11

You can start the process of removing bloatware when you first get the computer. Rather than going through with the default installation, you can opt for a clean and customized version by deselecting all of the programs that are not related to the workplace. This is the best way to stop bloatware in its tracks—before you even install it in the first place.

There are ways to remove bloatware through the Windows operating system, too. You can just right-click on the ones that are causing you so much distress and select “Uninstall” from the menu. If this option isn't available, tools like Powershell and DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management) may be required, but if this is the case, we urge you to contact First Column IT to make sure you do it the right way.

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Whether you want to remove bloatware or simply improve operations in some way, First Column IT can help. Learn more by calling us today at (571) 470-5594.

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