When large businesses buy new PCs, they often wipe the hard drives clean and install a fresh copy of Windows, along with the other software they want workers to have.

Some consumers, frustrated with all of the trial software, desktop icons and other stuff that comes loaded on their machines, are doing the same thing.

However, what works for businesses isn’t always so easy for individuals. Many computers don’t actually come with a clean copy of the operating system. Instead, many ship with a “recovery partition” or a recovery disc that restores the system back to the way it shipped–with all that extra software.

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