How to go about a fresh install of Android OS?

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    Two things:
    1. Whenever I get a new computer, I ALWAYS perform a fresh install of Windows to remove all bloatware. I am wondering what the Android equivalent of this is? I see the roms and from what I can tell, roms are a modified version of Android OS without the bloatware. I personally don't care for everything to be modified. In fact, the only "bloatware" that I want to retain is the motorola graphics because I really like them. How would I go about doing this?



    2. I assume part of the difficulty here are drivers. When Windows is installed (these days), it comes with all of the drivers necessary for a wide range of hardware support. I'm guessing the same is done with the Android OS because 1) the hardware is changing so quickly, drivers would be difficult to keep up with; and 2) the amount of space it would take up is fairly large and not practical. Can anyone confirm my thoughts on this?
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    Only thing you can do to remove the bloatware is root your phone and download Titainum Back up. That program will allow you uninstall bloatware on your device. Make sure to get the proper motorola drivers for your computer. Moto has a tool on their site to assist you with that.

    Good luck

    ref: http://www.motorola.com/staticfiles/Support/Experiences/Global_Drivers/MotoHelper_2.1.40_Driver_5.5.0.exe

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    tart here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1486718
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    not 100% sure since i dont have a bionic but i know for most phones (at least motorola ones anyway), you just need an sbf of the stock rom (its exactly the same as what comes installed on the phone) and then you just need to root and use an app to freeze whatever bloatware you dont want (freezing just disables it)...
    you'll probably need rsd lite and the proper computer drivers for your phone and of course the stock sbf file, then you'll need to figure out how to root your phone (not sure how its done on the razr) and then an app like titanium backup to freeze the unwanted apps (free version would be just fine)

    So basically, yes, it can be done
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    Yeah, I've already got it rooted and an uninstaller that can uninstall apps (all apps) for me.
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    I guess your asking if it's necessary?

    Sorry, your original post made it seem as if you did not yet have it rooted.
    What drivers are you talking about for android?
    A fresh install of Android can be accomplished by flashing a Cyanogenmod Rom on it. You won't get more Vanilla than that.
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    u dont want to just uninstall stuff.

    u want to freeze them, as uninstalling (completely removing) some "bloatware" can actually screw up ur phone. that's where Titanium backup comes in.


    other than that, if "reinstalling OS" is ur thing, find a retail fastboot (instead of branded, such as Verizon or VIVO etc) file, and flash away.... (dont forget to make backup though)
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    Far better to Freeze the bloatware than to remove it, since it is needed to be on the phone to be eligible for OTA upgrades. You will have to unfreeze all bloatware to gain access to the OTA upgrades, but if you've removed them and they aren't restored properly, you may be forced to re-flash the entire ROM. There are plenty of File Manager tools which offer the ability to Freeze stock applications. I use AntTek App Manager and have most of the bloatware frozen.

    To start fresh with a brand new OS install, go to (http://www.droidforums.net/forum/droid-razr-hacks/198379-updated-droid-razr-utility-windows.html) and download the Full package, download the driver for your computer, run the driver, power off the phone and then hold all three buttons, power, volume up and volume down until the Boot Mode Selection Menu appears, then tap the volume down till AP Fastboot is highlighted. Then tap the volume up button to select that mode. Now plug in the cable between you PC USB port and the phone, and run the DroidRAZRUtility.bat file and choose option 1.
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