Lenovo is shipping new ThinkPads preinstalled with huge amount of software you do not really need.

This slows the boot process to the levels new computer should not be.

Here is the list of software I removed from T61:

  • All MS Office related (trial) – Later I’ll install the products we have license for
  • SQL server (yes it is installed) related
  • Windows Live toolbar
  • Norton Internet Security – Will replace it with Norton Endpoint Protection

Other option is to reinstall the system from scratch.

Excellent tutorial on how to do it

Tip: Do not connect the system to internet until you are ready to. It starts right away to download and install windows updates and will slow down the machine.

Finally updates are pushing to the mirrors.

Here is official announcement.

For list of updates see this post.

Happy upgrading.

Upgrade to latest version.

As usual not without problems. This time maintenance plugin blocked the access to the site and I had to unblock it manually. Fortunately I was no the only one to have similar problem and quick search showed the solution.