1. Yatsu Kahagi's Avatar
    Model: Lenovo G40-70
    OS: Windows 8.1

    I just had my laptop reset to its factory settings. I noticed that there are programs already installed and i don't even know what they do. The problem is, I don't know which ones are safe to remove or to keep. I also plan on upgrading to Windows 10 after i uninstall the unnecessary programs. Here is the list of programs:

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    02-28-2017 02:32 AM
  2. TechFreak1's Avatar
    Here you go,

    The items highlighted in yellow are safe to remove.

    The startmenu application is most likely to give you the traditional start menu however without looking at your current start menu I cannot say for certain.

    The energy manager application is lenovo's power management tool and as has other features it seems from a quick search.

    The items in odd shaped brackets are your graphics drivers they can been removed if you are either having graphical issues or are updating the drivers manually.

    The microsoft office application is to start the installer / trial unless your laptop comes included with a office key.

    The other items are drivers and system applications required by some programs to run the most common one that installs Visual C+ redistributables is steam when launching games. Visual C+ redistributable can be uninstalled but they may cause issues down the line.

    safe-remove.png


    The windows 10 upgrade assistant, I would recommend you keep that installed incase you want to upgrade to windows 10 later. Mainstream suport ends in 2018 but you will still get updates until 2023 (extended support) however that may change.


    w8.1-support-cycle.png

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...=Windows%208.1
  3. Yatsu Kahagi's Avatar
    Model: Lenovo G40-70
    OS: Windows 8.1

    I just had my laptop reset to its factory settings. I noticed that there are programs already installed and i don't even know what they do. The problem is, I don't know which ones are safe to remove or to keep. I also plan on upgrading to Windows 10 after I uninstall the unnecessary programs. Here is the list of programs:

    AMD Catalyst Install Manager
    Cisco EAP-FAST Module
    Cisco LEAP Module
    Cisco PEAP Module
    Conexant HD Audio
    CyberLink MediaStory
    CyberLink PowerDirector 10
    Dolby Digital Plus Advanced Audio
    Energy Manager
    Intel Graphics Driver
    Intel Management Engine Components
    Intel Rapid Storage Technology
    Lenovo EasyCamera
    Lenovo OneKey Recovery
    Lenovo PowerDVD10
    Lenovo Solution Center
    McAfee WebAdvisor
    Power2Go
    REALTEK Bluetooth Driver
    Realtek Card Reader
    Realtek Ethernet Controller Driver
    REALTEK Wireless LAN Driver
    Synaptics Pointing Device Driver
    Windows Driver Package - Lenovo (ACPIVPC) System
    Windows Driver Package - Lenovo (WUDFRd) LenovoVhid

    I'm not really good with these kind of things. Thank you for any answers or advice.
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    02-28-2017 02:41 AM
  4. juanitoriv's Avatar
    Model: Lenovo G40-70
    OS: Windows 8.1

    I just had my laptop reset to its factory settings. I noticed that there are programs already installed and i don't even know what they do. The problem is, I don't know which ones are safe to remove or to keep. I also plan on upgrading to Windows 10 after I uninstall the unnecessary programs. Here is the list of programs:

    AMD Catalyst Install Manager
    Cisco EAP-FAST Module
    Cisco LEAP Module
    Cisco PEAP Module
    Conexant HD Audio
    CyberLink MediaStory
    CyberLink PowerDirector 10
    Dolby Digital Plus Advanced Audio
    Energy Manager
    Intel Graphics Driver
    Intel Management Engine Components
    Intel Rapid Storage Technology
    Lenovo EasyCamera
    Lenovo OneKey Recovery
    Lenovo PowerDVD10
    Lenovo Solution Center
    McAfee WebAdvisor
    Power2Go
    REALTEK Bluetooth Driver
    Realtek Card Reader
    Realtek Ethernet Controller Driver
    REALTEK Wireless LAN Driver
    Synaptics Pointing Device Driver
    Windows Driver Package - Lenovo (ACPIVPC) System
    Windows Driver Package - Lenovo (WUDFRd) LenovoVhid

    I'm not really good with these kind of things. Thank you for any answers or advice.
    You're going to want that stuff. They're things you're going to need. Don't uninstall anything.
    02-28-2017 04:44 AM
  5. Ryujingt3's Avatar
    I would remove the following:

    CyberLink MediaStory
    CyberLink PowerDirector 10
    Energy Manager
    Lenovo EasyCamera
    Lenovo OneKey Recovery
    Lenovo PowerDVD10
    Lenovo Solution Center
    McAfee WebAdvisor
    Power2Go
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    02-28-2017 06:00 AM
  6. TechFreak1's Avatar
    Here you go,

    The items highlighted in yellow are safe to remove.

    The startmenu application is most likely to give you the traditional start menu however without looking at your current start menu I cannot say for certain.

    The energy manager application is lenovo's power management tool and as has other features it seems from a quick search.

    The items in odd shaped brackets are your graphics drivers they can been removed if you are either having graphical issues or are updating the drivers manually.

    The microsoft office application is to start the installer / trial unless your laptop comes included with a office key.

    The other items are drivers and system applications required by some programs to run the most common one that installs Visual C+ redistributables is steam when launching games. Visual C+ redistributable can be uninstalled but they may cause issues down the line.

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    The windows 10 upgrade assistant, I would recommend you keep that installed incase you want to upgrade to windows 10 later. Mainstream suport ends in 2018 but you will still get updates until 2023 (extended support) however that may change.


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    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...=Windows%208.1
    02-28-2017 07:52 AM
  7. Yatsu Kahagi's Avatar
    I would remove the following:

    CyberLink MediaStory
    CyberLink PowerDirector 10
    Energy Manager
    Lenovo EasyCamera
    Lenovo OneKey Recovery
    Lenovo PowerDVD10
    Lenovo Solution Center
    McAfee WebAdvisor
    Power2Go
    Could you tell me why I can uninstall them so that I could have a better understanding of their uses? Thank you for answering.
    02-28-2017 07:56 AM
  8. Yatsu Kahagi's Avatar
    Here you go,

    The items highlighted in yellow are safe to remove.

    The startmenu application is most likely to give you the traditional start menu however without looking at your current start menu I cannot say for certain.

    The energy manager application is lenovo's power management tool and as has other features it seems from a quick search.

    The items in odd shaped brackets are your graphics drivers they can been removed if you are either having graphical issues or are updating the drivers manually.

    The microsoft office application is to start the installer / trial unless your laptop comes included with a office key.

    The other items are drivers and system applications required by some programs to run the most common one that installs Visual C+ redistributables is steam when launching games. Visual C+ redistributable can be uninstalled but they may cause issues down the line.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	safe to remove.PNG 
Views:	4 
Size:	82.2 KB 
ID:	134165


    The windows 10 upgrade assistant, I would recommend you keep that installed incase you want to upgrade to windows 10 later. Mainstream suport ends in 2018 but you will still get updates until 2023 (extended support) however that may change.


    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	W8.1 support cycle.PNG 
Views:	1 
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ID:	134166

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...=Windows%208.1
    Thank you for answering. I'll take note of what you have said.
    02-28-2017 09:47 AM
  9. TechFreak1's Avatar
    [INFO]Your two threads have been merged, please do not double post.[/INFO]
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    02-28-2017 10:28 AM
  10. Yatsu Kahagi's Avatar
    [INFO]Your two threads have been merged, please do not double post.[/INFO]
    Sorry about that.

    I've encountered something when I tried uninstalling Lenovo EasyCamera:

    >SetupNew\setup.cpp (135)
    PAPP:
    PVENDOR:
    PGUID:
    $14.0.0.162
    @windows Vista Service Pack 0 (9200) Non IE/Netscape 19.0

    The other programs have been uninstalled without any problems. I tried the clean boot method and it still appears. I tried researching about this and all I read is that it mostly happens when a program installed incorrectly, but I was UNINSTALLING not INSTALLING. What should I do?
    03-01-2017 09:06 AM
  11. TechFreak1's Avatar
    Sorry about that.

    I've encountered something when I tried uninstalling Lenovo EasyCamera:

    >SetupNew\setup.cpp (135)
    PAPP:
    PVENDOR:
    PGUID:
    $14.0.0.162
    @windows Vista Service Pack 0 (9200) Non IE/Netscape 19.0

    The other programs have been uninstalled without any problems. I tried the clean boot method and it still appears. I tried researching about this and all I read is that it mostly happens when a program installed incorrectly, but I was UNINSTALLING not INSTALLING. What should I do?
    There is a utility that cleans up failed installs, it's called "Windows Installer CleanUp Utility 7.2", however it sometimes does further damage by forcibly removing some system files when such removal is unnecessary.

    Such is the complicated process of Win32 applications (advantage store apps )

    Due to that nature I'm not going to directly link it, you can download / install it from MajorGeeks however be warned you do so at your own risk .
    03-01-2017 10:53 AM
  12. Yatsu Kahagi's Avatar
    Thank you for telling me that, but since the problem comes from failed installs, does that mean I can also solve it by downloading it and uninstalling it again? I don't want to risk using that cleanup tool.
    03-01-2017 10:59 AM
  13. TechFreak1's Avatar
    Thank you for telling me that, but since the problem comes from failed installs, does that mean I can also solve it by downloading it and uninstalling it again? I don't want to risk using that cleanup tool.
    That should work as the installer should force remove remnants from the previous install.

    Alternative you can try the repair option as some installers give you the option to repair a maligned / faulty installs.
    03-01-2017 11:20 AM
  14. Yatsu Kahagi's Avatar
    That should work as the installer should force remove remnants from the previous install.

    Alternative you can try the repair option as some installers give you the option to repair a maligned / faulty installs.
    So I managed to upgrade my system to Windows 10 and I noticed a program called AMD Settings and Camera Man. It is weird because there is already an app called camera. What is it and can I remove both the AMD Settings and Camera Man?
    03-04-2017 10:03 AM
  15. TechFreak1's Avatar
    So I managed to upgrade my system to Windows 10 and I noticed a program called AMD Settings and Camera Man. It is weird because there is already an app called camera. What is it and can I remove both the AMD Settings and Camera Man?

    When you say system do you mean PC or laptop?

    I presumed you were using a laptop, if you are then AMD settings is related to your dedicated gpu.

    Camera man, it may be related to your web cam however it can be uninstalled.
    03-04-2017 05:04 PM

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