How to get rid of bloatware on your new Windows PC

Whenever you purchase a new Windows laptop or pre-built desktop, there’s a chance that it will come with some annoying pieces of bloatware installed. Bloatware can (and often does) have a negative impact on your user experience, but what exactly is bloatware? Why do PC manufacturers install it? And most importantly, how can you permanently remove it from your machine?

If you find yourself asking these questions, don’t worry — we’re here to help. In this Windows 11 guide, we’ll go over everything you need to know about bloatware, including how it could affect your system, why companies pre-install it, and several methods that you can use to get rid of it for good.

What is bloatware?

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Put simply, bloatware is a term that refers to pieces of software that hog your system resources and clutter up your PC, “bloating” it (hence the name). As a result of this, bloatware often makes your machine take longer to boot up, slows it down by using up a considerable portion of its available memory, and makes it harder for you to navigate the Windows operating system due to pop-ups or programs icons that dominate the Start menu.

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