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Remove bloatware from your HP laptop

Your new HP laptop always come with pre-installed programs, this is known as bloatware. You need some of these programs to allow your laptop to function optimally. Other programs are unnecessary and you can throw them away. On this page, we'll explain to you which programs you can delete, which ones you should rather keep, and how to do it.

Which bloatware should you remove?

A number of unnecessary programs can be removed, without harming the functionality of your laptop. Other programs are necessary: you don't want a non-functioning keyboard.

Yes or no?

Delete

  • Bonjour
  • Energy Star
  • HP Audio Switch
  • HP ePrint SW (if you don't have an HP printer)
  • HP JumpStart Bridge
  • HP JumpStart Launch
  • HP Sure Connect
  • HP System Event Utility

Don't delete

  • HP 3D DriveGuard

  • HP CoolSense

  • HP ePrint SW (if you have an HP printer)

  • HP Support Assistant

  • HP Support Solutions Framework

  • HP Wireless Button Driver

  • McAfee LiveSafe

  • Everything from AMD

  • Everything from Intel

  • Everything from Microsoft

  • Everything from NVIDIA

  • Everything from Realtek

  • Everything from Synaptics

  • Everything from Vulkan

How do you delete bloatware?

We'll explain step by step how to remove pre-installed programs you don't need.

1. Open Uninstall a program

Open the Windows Start Menu, type 'control panel' and open the Control Panel. Click Uninstall a program.

2. Remove the right bloatware

Here, you can see a list of all the programs on your laptop. Select the program you want to remove and click the remove.

3. Restarting your laptop

When you remove programs, you'll be asked if you want to restart your laptop. You can, but you can also restart the laptop once you've removed all programs.

Other HP laptops

The list of pre-installed programs may differ between HP laptops. Mostly, keep in mind not to delete the programs we recommend to keep. This way, you'll ensure your laptop will work optimally and you'll enjoy your new purchase without any problems.


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