OK, understand you want to avoid the Bloatware -- but if Office is included (as you indicate), then unless it is a trial version, you PAID for that as part of your purchase, and since CTR licenses have to be obtained and maintained online through Microsoft, if you remove it, you MIGHT have to then go out and purchase a license on your own.
Also, while you certainly CAN installl a Retail version of Windows to avoid the bloatware, you would have to purchase a separate license for that, as the license key embedded in your PC will only work with HP OEM versions of Windows.
Also, I've generally been able to remove most of the HP apps I don't want just by going through the same motions as you would do for removing any app. And, with recent OS versions, HP installs a LOT less stuff than they did with older OS versions, like Win7.
And finally, a Retail version is NOT going to work with the HP Recovery Function, as code needed to invoke that is only included with the HP OEM version of Windows.
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