Can the Trial software be Deleted on my new iMac?

MikeT125

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My new 20" iMac is due to arrive on Thursday and before I even touch the Microsoft office or iWork I would like to know if they can just be deleted. I plan on using the free Neo Office so I see no need for the MSOffice or iWork.

Is this an easy thing or will this stuff imbed itself on my hard drive.

This is my first mac ever.

Thanks!
 

swiftaw

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I think (not sure) that MSOffice comes with an uninstaller, so you should probably run that.

IWork can just be dragged to the trash I think.
 

davidjearly

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My new 20" iMac is due to arrive on Thursday and before I even touch the Microsoft office or iWork I would like to know if they can just be deleted. I plan on using the free Neo Office so I see no need for the MSOffice or iWork.

Is this an easy thing or will this stuff imbed itself on my hard drive.

This is my first mac ever.

Thanks!
Yes. To delete iWork or MS Office, simply drag the respective folders from the Applications folder to the Trash.

EDIt: No uninstaller is necessary for either program.
 

rainydays

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If you want to save even more space. Just put the install CD in as soon as you get it and make a customized install of OSX. From there you can choose not to install the trial software, but more importantly you can remove the language support and printer drivers you don't need. They take up quite some space.
 

Craiger

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There is an app called "remove office" I would prolly run it to be safe. I would think it is there for a reason.
 

addz

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If you want to save even more space. Just put the install CD in as soon as you get it and make a customized install of OSX. From there you can choose not to install the trial software, but more importantly you can remove the language support and printer drivers you don't need. They take up quite some space.
Can this be done after a while though? i.e. 1 or two days or does it have to be before you boot up the imac for the first time?

thanks.
 

rainydays

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It can be done anytime. But it does a complete reinstall of Mac OS, so don't start setting it up until you have done the install :)

Can this be done after a while though? i.e. 1 or two days or does it have to be before you boot up the imac for the first time?

thanks.
 

addz

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oh ok nice. Guess thats why you sed put the install CD in as soon as you get it.

Out of interest after ive made customized decisions got rid of some trial stuff and what not, how long does it take to install on the imac?

thanks.
 

swiftaw

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oh ok nice. Guess thats why you sed put the install CD in as soon as you get it.

Out of interest after ive made customized decisions got rid of some trial stuff and what not, how long does it take to install on the imac?

thanks.
I would bet that a reinstall would take no more than an hour or so.
 

maccompaq

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oh ok nice. Guess thats why you sed put the install CD in as soon as you get it.

Out of interest after ive made customized decisions got rid of some trial stuff and what not, how long does it take to install on the imac?

thanks.
As a newbie, I think you should not try to re-install the OS until you become more familiar with what makes your Mac tick. More to the point, the extra stuff on the hard drive takes very little space compared to the large hard drives in new computers. The advice to do a custom Install was mostly relevant when computers had really small hard drives. A good example is the Blue & White Mac G3 tower that had a 6 GB hard drive. A full install of OSX 10.3 (Panther) took 3 GB. Doing a Custom Install reduced the size to 2 GB, thus saving 1 GB. On a 250 GB hard drive, it is not worth the effort to do a Custom Install to save 1 GB.
 

MikeT125

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If you want to save even more space. Just put the install CD in as soon as you get it and make a customized install of OSX. From there you can choose not to install the trial software, but more importantly you can remove the language support and printer drivers you don't need. They take up quite some space.
This seems interesting.......Tell me more.. I think removing the languages is a good thing. I wonder if I should do this custom install or just find and delete the languages. I don't want to mess up my new machine the first day I get it!!:eek:
 

roland.g

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This seems interesting.......Tell me more.. I think removing the languages is a good thing. I wonder if I should do this custom install or just find and delete the languages. I don't want to mess up my new machine the first day I get it!!:eek:
You can't just delete. They are language that it can run in for everything, just like choosing which language for an iPod. Also there are additional language fonts, etc for using different languages within another or something. I do a reinstall taking all of that and all the printer drivers out. All the drivers are usually older and it is easier to install 1 driver for the printer you use than to leave about a gig of drivers you don't need. You can save 4-8 GB doing this, depending on whether you choose to keep all the GarageBand stuff too.
 

addz

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As a newbie, I think you should not try to re-install the OS until you become more familiar with what makes your Mac tick.
I appreciate your help but as much of a newbie i am to this forum, i am not to a imac. Ive just never (lets say) "bothered" or looked into a custom installation before.