Install, uninstall, configure, rinse, repeat…
Yeah the new Dell is working out pretty well. I’d forgotten how much work is involved in getting a new PC configured properly. I’d also forgotten how much junk gets pre-installed when you buy an OEM PC. I think I’ve uninstalled most of the trial versions of stuff I have no use for, like AOL, and MSN Explorer, although I sort of secretly wish the Paint Shop Pro wasn’t just the trial version. I have no legit business use for it, but it’d be nice to have. Guess I’ll settle for the Dell Image Studio & Microsoft Picture It! stuff that came with the PC, that I also have no business use for, but it came with the PC!
I’m still looking for the answer to getting rid of MS Messenger, which is useless to me from behind the corporate firewall, as are the Internet Games, but those I actually found in the Windows Components part of Add/Remove Programs. Messenger was there too, but uninstalling from there did not get rid of it, nor did uninstalling MSN Explorer. It’s a tough little bugger!
By the end of the day I should have everything working ok with this new machine, so tomorrow I can get to work on re-imaging the old one. I haven’t run into any real big issues with software or hardware compatibility. That’s somewhat surprising, I’m keeping my fingers crossed!