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It’s a sad reality that the vast majority of Windows laptops ship full of bloatware. Often, a good deal of it comes from the machine’s manufacturer. Whether you’ve got a laptop from HP, Lenovo, Toshiba, or any of the others, you probably had to spend some time purifying it.
Because of this, nearly all manufacturer-provided software gets a bad rap. However, it’s important to remember that it’s not all actually terrible. Many manufacturers include an update utility tool that checks for critical updates for the BIOS and various drivers.
Without using these tools, you might miss important updates if you don’t browse out to the hardware manufacturer’s website and download them manually. Even worse, you might turn to a shady driver-updating program, causing more problems.
As an example of when this is important, let’s say that you reinstall Windows on your computer. Without the proper drivers, your audio will probably sound terrible, and you won’t get all the features your touchpad offers. If you don’t know the exact model of your PC, finding the proper drivers could be a chore.
You might already have an update utility installed on your system. If you don’t, here’s a list of their names and where you can grab them from (Acer doesn’t have one listed):
- ASUS Manager (may not be available on all models)
- Dell Command | Update
- HP Support Assistant
- Lenovo System Update
- Toshiba Service Station (seems to be outdated)
These programs may differ a bit depending on your machine. You probably won’t have to update through them often, but they’re worth checking occasionally in order to keep items up-to-date that Windows Update doesn’t cover.
If you have a computer, say a Lenovo or Dell, windows update releases drivers, and so does manufacturer's update utility. Which do you use?
— Al Puzzuoli (@alpuzz) September 5, 2013
Now that you’re all updated, take a look at Windows software you should definitely uninstall.
Do you use a manufacturer-provided update utility? If you’ve got a different make of PC, feel free to add your utility down in the comments!
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