Originally Posted by dougdirt
The computer that I am currently using is a laptop I got from a friend, who spent a nice chunk of change on it and cracked the screen within two months of having it, but wound up just buying another laptop because he was leaving for Afghanistan a few days later. I just run a wireless keyboard/mouse and an external monitor off of it. The first thing I did once I "restored it to out of the box settings" was uninstall nearly every piece of software that came on it outside of Windows 7 and a few utility tools that are useful. The amount of crap that is put onto a new computer you buy from a store is disgusting.
Yes you are absolutely right. All that junk software just bogs things down. Every program you install uses system resources that can create conflicts. Uninstalling them helps but they can still leave relics behind. Most of the software that comes pre-installed on computers are just watered-down versions of programs or older versions or trial versions or just simply stuff you will never, ever use. It is better to start with a clean empty hard drive and install only the programs you will actually use.