Reformat with DBAN and reinstall OS with disk...
The only way to get your system optimal and to get rid of all the bloatware on your system is to use a program called DBAN (Disk Boot And Nuke)..google it... which wipes your whole hard drive with random 1's and 0's (also effective for wiping impossible to remove viruses). YOU WILL LOSE ALL YOUR DATA ON THE DISK SO BACK UP FIRST!)
You can then reinstall the OS with your OS CD (Make sure you have the physical disk! Not just a backup partition!... P.S. I would wipe the backup partition also since you already have the physical disk, the backup section has all the bloatware put back on if you backup from there, and it just takes a bunch of Gigs that you could be using!)
You should make a small partition at the beginning of the drive when you reinstall the OS (I am currently using 15 Gigs just for my programs and OS, not to mention future stuff) so I suggest you give at least 25-30 Gigs if you have many programs and you install games. 10 gigs is ususally the bare minimum for the OS and some programs I would think.
You could then create a second partition (possibly the rest of the drive) to keep all your files and data. Reason being, if something happens to your OS system, you can just reformat the first partition without loosing all of your files and data! Much easier and safe. You should also backup your data on an external drive or other media.
Partition happens when you first install the OS on a reformatted (or new) HD, not in the repair stage when your operating system is still functioning. Therefore, use DBAN to wipe all traces of your data on the disk to start fresh.
This is the only effective way of making sure that there is only the essentials you need from the OS without all the add ons that come with a new computer. Your system will be effectively much faster in this method rather than just simply removing the programs from "add/remove programs"
You can however just use the add/remove programs section to remove the bloatware, get a program that deletes startup registries for programs you dont want to run (or go into each program and choose for it not to run at startup).. but for me, I find that this never allows the system to fully recover.
I like things clean and optimal and not hindered by things I cant fix, so I just reformat...
Hope that helps.
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