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NEED SPACE!!! Bought a laptop, got the show computer since they were out of stock. Geek Squad promised to remove all Best Buy stuff ... wipe there stuff out like it had never been there. Got it home, found all kinds of Best Buy stuff but didn't affect functionality, had plenty of space, didn't bother taking it back. REGRET!!! Fast forward two years ... I NEED THE SPACE!!! Don't know what to do. Don't know what I can wipe out & what I need for the computer to work. Can't take it back to store & don't want to pay someone to do something this simple. Please help!! What can I do to get all this stuff off? What exactly do I NEED to keep the computer working??

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This is a problem only you can solve. Go to CONTROL PANEL / ADD OR REMOVE PROGRAMS. Select the programs you do not want and start uninstalling them. Some of the names may seem a bit obscure and require some research. HP does install a lot of junkware.

DO NOT uninstall updates.

Reboot periodically and defrag the C: drive.

Go to http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/softwareCategory?lc=en&cc=us&dlc=&product=1832426&lang=&

Order the correct Recovery Disk Set for your machine, it should cost less than $16. Do it now while thay are still available.

Now you can strip the D: Recovery Partition and use that space for data files.

You probably have a 4200 RPM hard drive. If the time comes when you need to do a recovery or just want more space, buy a larger, faster replacement drive. 7200 RPM is preferred. Installation is very easy - 6 screws.

Put your existing drive in an external USB case, they only cost about $10.

Your V5000T is an excellent machine and should give many years of productive use.

Posted on Jul 15, 2008

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SOURCE: Presario V5000 -- Junk from BEST BUY

Well Colleen, I thank you for writing this as detailed as possible, You can always run a disk cleanup, (Start > My computer > Right click C: > Properties > Disk Cleanup, Under General Tab)

That will get rid of junk, Or you could Defrag the computer
(Start>My computer> Rightclick C: > Properties > Tools Tab > Defragment now)
Defrag will take all sorts of junk in a file and sort them in a folder, giving your computer more memory, You could also manually delete everything by going to the root of it all, Or you could buy more memory.

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A.R.C.H.I.E. is the demonstration software used on all Windows-based PCs sold at Best Buy that are used as demonstration units. The software is not designed to be installed on any PC other than those being used within the store.

Unfortunately, the removal of A.R.C.H.I.E. without the original disc (which is provided monthly to the stores from the corporate offices) is going to be nearly impossible. You have two solutions in this case:

1. Utilize the PC's recovery methods (most likely recovery partition, however you might have a model that came with recovery discs as well. The A.R.C.H.I.E. software prohibits most recovery disc creators from working properly). Note that for this method to work, you must be able to start the recovery process outside of Windows.
2. Bring the computer (along with its AC adaptor, if it is a laptop) to any Geek Squad precinct (any Best Buy store or standalone Geek Squad) for uninstallation of the A.R.C.H.I.E. software (without damage to the underlying operating system). This should be a free service as it is THEIR software running that requires removal for normal operation of the computer, and per company SOP should have been removed prior to sale. This is the preferred method, however you might not have access to a Geek Squad precinct and need it done before you will have access to a precinct again.

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