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It's not always so easy to just nuke-n-pave a new machine unless you are planning on installing Linux or happen to have a vanilla copy of Windows with the correct service pack for the OEM license key for your PC hanging around.

I bought a cheap Sony laptop a few years back, came with Vista and all of this shit pre-installed. The only provided way to re-install the OS was via a "recovery" DVD which puts all this shit right back on.

So I uninstall all of this stuff and it occasionally gives me errors complaining that it's missing various things that it expects to be there, so obviously even the uninstall doesn't quite work properly.

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