Windows installation without bloatware and without third-party scripts

Modern versions of Windows come with too many third parties pinned to the Start menu, a sad reality for a premium product that the company itself has priced at $139 and up.

But Windows enthusiasts will always find a way to counter Microsoft's efforts to cram Windows with unnecessary software. However, as you'll see below you don't need complex scripts or third-party utilities to get a clean install of Windows 11 without TikTok, Instagram, ESPN, Spotify and many other programs.

All you need is a simple setting that most people ignore when clean installing Windows on their computers.

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Installing Windows 11 starts with the ever-familiar setup screen, where you choose language, regional formats, and input methods.

To prevent Windows 11 from littering the Start menu with bloatware, select English (World) from the Time and Currency Format drop-down menu ( and Currency) and proceed with the installation as usual.

Choosing the universal time and currency format can lead to some errors during the onboarding experience (aka OOBE or out-of-box experience), especially if you use the oobe\bypassnro command.

The σύστημα θα χρειαστεί λίγο χρόνο για να φορτώσει την αρχική οθόνη επιλογής της περιοχής και στη συνέχεια θα εμφανίσει το τυπικό σφάλμα “Κάτι πήγε στραβά” με τον κωδικό OOBEREGION. Για να παρακάμψετε το πρόβλημα, κάντε κλικ στο Παράλειψη — μπορείτε να αλλάξετε την περιοχή και τις μορφές ώρας αργότερα από την εφαρμογή Ρυθμίσεις.

You may see a similar error in the steps below, but you will most likely hit Skip or Try Again. Finally you will go from the installation screen to the desktop with the Start menu clean of third-party applications.

Now you can go to Settings > Time & Language > Language & Region to set your country and whatever else you want.

You can install available Windows updates and they won't add unwanted apps.

It should be mentioned that the above tweak will not prevent Windows from installing stock apps like Mail & Calendar, Climpchamp, Edge, Teams, Cortana, Maps, Weather, etc. So if you don't want them you have to delete them manually. The Best Technology Site in Greecefgns

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