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Suggested Lenovo (and ms) bloatware that can be removed

#1 Post by cadillacmike68 » Sat Jan 23, 2016 5:42 pm

I'm finally getting my T61s set up with windows 7 with the Lenovo recovery discs.

I like to know what folks here consider to be bloatware that can be uninstalled, and what I should Not remove. Thanks in advance.

PS I'm already up to speed on not installing the telemetry and w10 "updates".
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Re: Suggested Lenovo (and ms) bloatware that can be removed

#2 Post by ajkula66 » Sat Jan 23, 2016 6:10 pm

The only two things that I keep are Power Manager and Hotkey utility. Depending on your needs, Access Connections may be useful as well. Everything else gets on the chopping block.

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Re: Suggested Lenovo (and ms) bloatware that can be removed

#3 Post by cadillacmike68 » Sat Jan 23, 2016 10:03 pm

Well, that would definitely be a Clean install. I'm going to go through the stuff in it and list delete candidates here.

Two particularly annoying ones are what looks like a college graduation mortarboard on the left end of the task bar and a grey icon on the right ens, biatching about running diags and backups. Puhleeze. I manage all this myself.
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#4 Post by RealBlackStuff » Sun Jan 24, 2016 5:03 am

That's the infamous Lenovo Solution Center, get rid of it.
https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/Lenovo-App ... -p/2197789
And while you're at it, also remove the Message Center Plus if found. And Shareit. More bloatware...

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Re: Suggested Lenovo (and ms) bloatware that can be removed

#5 Post by UMPC2024 » Mon Jan 25, 2016 3:54 am

Also remove any of the programs below if you have them:
Lenovo Warranty Information (useless after a fresh install and after warranty expires)
Lenovo System Update (paired with Adobe Air, an equal pain as well)
Lenovo Welcome (no idea what this even is)
SimpleTap (if you want to use the ThinkVantage key for something else, just change the 8001 registry key).

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Re: Suggested Lenovo (and ms) bloatware that can be removed

#6 Post by cadillacmike68 » Tue Jan 26, 2016 4:25 am

Thanks everyone.

I was wondering what the welcome program was too, and I don't see it in all programs.

I don't see lenovo solution center in all programs either, but I saw an update on it - might have been to delete it, but no, lenovo would not be that gracious.

I'm already piasseded off at the thinkvantage key which showed its uselessness on bootup as I noted in the T61 pages.

But what is wrong with system update?

And what's the verdict on thinkvantage toolbox? Is there Anything this does that a competent person can't do with the tools built into w1ndoze's control panel. etc?? If it was something that Wasn't Always running, it might be good fora quick view, but because you can't shut it off, it Seems to be a waste of CPU cycles to me. I don't like programs that you can't close and exit from.
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760LD FUBARd
T21 2647 T22 2647 1@ 1GHz SXGA+ 4 more; T23 2647 1@ 1.2GHz SXGA+ 3 more
T30 2366-88U 2GHz; 2366-83U 1.8G; 5@ 2366-LU0/66U; 2367-KU6 FUBARd
T41 T42 T43
T60 T61 8897 2.4GHz SXGA+; 8898 2.4Ghz; 6463 2@ WSXGA+; 7658 2.5GHz; T61p; 6 more T61s
T500 2
T530 W530

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Re: Suggested Lenovo (and ms) bloatware that can be removed

#7 Post by UMPC2024 » Wed Jan 27, 2016 2:01 am

I'll have to admit most of these other programs were on my T430 version of Windows 7, so I wasn't sure if (or when) Lenovo shipped these programs with Windows 7 recovery discs.

If I'm not mistaken Lenovo Software Update updates the programs in the posts above that users deemed as bloatware.

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