What Programs Are Preloaded on HP Computers?

By Joe Friedman

HP de-branded products are typically cheaper than new brand name models.
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Hewlett-Packard computers, both desktop and laptop models, come preloaded with a variety of software. Some is third-party software and some of it is HP's own. Furthermore, some of it (such as the Windows operating system) is always included and some of it is the owner's choice as to the level of installation. The latter can provide significant savings over buying the software on its own.

HP Software

HP loads several of its programs onto every one of its new computers. This software includes HP Wireless Assistant, HP Games Powered by Wild Tangent, HP Photo Creations, HP Power Manager, HP Recovery Manager, Sun Java, HP Advisor and HP Set Up.

Third-Party Software

All HP computers also come automatically loaded with the full versions of Adobe Acrobat reader and Adobe Flash. If you know the exact new HP computer you want, HP's website lists all included and optional software for each of the company's devices. HP phone representatives can also offer additional options on third-party software.

Buyer Options For MS Office

Some HP models come with trial versions of Microsoft Office 2010. Depending on the particular model, you may also be able to purchase some or all of the following options as of February 2011: Microsoft Office Home and Student 2010, $20 off Microsoft Office Home and Business 2010 or $20 off Microsoft Office Professional 2010.

Buyer Options For Security

Similarly to the deals with Microsoft Office, the new owner of an HP will find a trial version of Norton Internet Security on her computer. Several options are available for purchasing a full package of Norton products with the computer. As of February 2011, the possibilities include Norton Internet Security 2011 for 15 months, two years or three years, or the option of buying Norton 360 for 15 months.