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Dell Automated PC TuneUp?

Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by Mitzs, Jan 18, 2008.

  1. Mitzs
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    http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/en/pc_tuneup?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs

    Does anyone use this? Is this something I need to turn off? Do they have instant access to my laptop if I leave this on?

    This is my first brand new laptop:D So was not even aware of this software. I can do all that stuff myself so is there a reason for having it on? Even though I do like the idea that it creates a system restore point for me. Can you even turn it off?


    It has not arrived yet, but order page says that it has been shipped. However it has not provided me with a carrier or tracking number so I fig it has not yet left the building.

    Is there anything special that will need to be done when it does arrive expect to stop drooling on it? :biggrin
     
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  2. BrotherBill

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    Reading the article, it looks like it's a feature that you will need to setup. You can do basically the same thing now with the features in XP if you want to take the time to set it up. I prefer to do them manually myself as well.
     
  3. BosonMichael
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    You know what I do as soon as I get a new Dell laptop?

    Format it and install from scratch... without all that crapware. 8)
     
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    If you weren't interested in the feature, why did you purchase it, or did it come with the system?
     
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    Well it is soupose to be coming without all that crap since it is a bussiness lappy. However we will see. But you know what, I don't think I will be getting the disk with it:ohmy I've not notice that anywhere on the description page! I did not even think of that. Will they make me pay for a recovery disk? Dam it!
     
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    It came with it. I would not buy something like that. When I can not reformat my own puters anymore I need to drive up to mikes and just have him slap the sense back into me! :dry
     
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    It should come with a complete set of disks if you bought it new. At least they used to.
     
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    Ok, Thanks Bill! I don't know what to expect since this is my first new purchased that I have not built myself. My first lappy was a used a one from half ebay. She was a good little worker till she hit the floor! :blink Reps for bearing with me and anwsering all my questions!
     
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    Business lappys come preinstalled with just as much crap as the home lappys. :(

    Is it Vista or XP? Do you have a non-Dell disc around there?

    Many of those recovery disks will reinstall the preinstalled crap too... I just use my XP Pro from my Action Pack. Yet another reason to have either the APack or TechNet Plus!
     
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    Unfortunately, in a cost-savings move by most vendors, new computers just have a recovery partition. If/when the disk dies, it takes that recovery partition with it. Many of those vendors who have chosen to go that route do not provide the media unless you pay extra. Not a smart move by those vendors, in my opinion...
     
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    It is xp home. And I am not sure what you mean by a non-dell disk. I have a xp pro that I installed on my desktop. But I can't use it on the lappy.
     
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    hmm.... Thought I had that feature disabled. Thanks anyway Mitzs.
     
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    I'd format too that tune up thing will just use system resources that can be better used elsewhere.
     
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    Just uninstall all the Apps the come built in that you dont want, btw i doubt you will be able to reinstall any OS on a dell, unless its a dell disc. It checks the BIOS when installing Operating systems to make sure it is a dell disc, if not it just gives a message saying "this is a non dell disc", think there are ways round this though.
     
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    That's never happened when I've reformatted any of my Dell laptops.
     
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    I mean a "normal" XP installation disk, not a Dell installation/recovery disk. :) Unfortunately, it doesn't sound like you have one you can use.
     
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    Got mixed up, is the other way round, with message "this a non dell machine" :morebeer
     
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    Yep... that, I've seen. :thumbleft
     
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    Mitzs, if i were you i would use it as it is and see how it runs. I hate the Dell bloatware too and it's the main reason that i avoid them. However, there are gotchas when you format a drive, especially on a laptop. You really need the *chipset drivers* for the hardware with the specific operating system. Or, you may find you end up with problem devices.. no sound, no ethernet device, poor graphic drivers, IDE, etc if you just rely on the XP disc to provide the operating system and *hardware* drivers.
     
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    You are quite correct. All that said... Dell does provide excellent driver support on their Web site, including the chipset stuff, if required. :)
     
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