Windows 7 - Removing pre-installed Adobe P/shop stuff

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  1. Ocky

    Ocky Registered Member

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    A friend running Windows 7 which came with Adobe bloatware i.e. Photoshop, Photoshop Elements 7 and Photoshop Premiere Elements 7 wants to remove the whole caboodle but
    is wary of the vendors cautionary not to uninstall too much of the pre-installed stuff the Sony laptop came with when purchased. :D

    What gave her the impetus to uninstall was a reminder by Secunia PSI that Elements 7 is E.O.L. and she would rather rely on Irfanview anyway.

    Would E.O.L. mean no more security updates ?
    Would there be any unforeseen consequences, dependency issues etc. when uninstalling the whole lot ?

    As far as I am concerned she could safely get rid of the entire Adobe bloatware, but I need to cover myself as I haven't used Windows for a while and hence your advice is needed. :)
     
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    I suggest that she just not use the stuff but let it be there, assuming no space/RAM constraints. Who knows what fine print those guys will resort to?
     
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    Ah, you mean if something goes wrong with either Windows 7 or even her laptop, the vendor
    will point to her having uninstalled something that was preinstalled so she will have no recourse ?
    Is that not a bit farfetched ? I need more advice. ;)
     
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    It is farfetched, usually vendors don't really care what you've done with software, only the hardware (e.g. open the panel on a laptop). It's perfectly safe to uninstall all the trials and such, if something goes wrong, nearly every laptop comes with a "recovery partition" you can use to restore to "factory defaults", which includes all the trials, etc.

    If you happen to have the correct version of Windows 7 on a DVD, a better step is simply to wipe it clean, install all the Windows updates, then after that input the Windows key on the bottom of the laptop.
     
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    I agree with the above funkydude, but her not being as clued up as most folks here on Wilders, that option would unfortunately be out.
    I will just recommend that she remove the stuff.
    B.T.W. If a product like her Elements 7 is end of life, am I correct in thinking that this software will no longer be blessed with vulnerability patches ?
     
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    Re no longer being blessed with patches, I'm not sure about 'products like Elements' but it most definitely does apply to Elements. Adobe simply expects customers to upgrade to a newer version......and new versions of Elements are released annually. I mean, despite the fact that Elements 8 was only released ~2 years ago, they're not planning to patch it either.

    https://www.adobe.com/support/security/advisories/apsa11-03.html
     
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    Thanks prius04, yes I meant the software P/shop Elements. :)
     
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    Photoshop Elements or which ever Adobe app we are talking about is just an app that the computer company installed just as you would. I actually paid Dell $58 to include Elements 8 on my new computer when I had them build it. If I change my mind and want something else I uninstall from the control panel like I would with any other app. Case in point, I uninstalled the pre-installed Adobe reader and replaced it with PDF-Xchange Reader. :cool:

    P.S. What does E.O.L. stand for?
     
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    It's a common term around software meaning "End Of Life".
     
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    Thanks! I hope my funeral director doesn't contact me entering E.O.L. ! :)
     
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    :D Thanks twl845,....and let's not dwell on E.O.L. too much.
     
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