There really isn't that much bloatware that comes preinstalled on the DV8000. I probably removed about five programs in total through the Control Panel. Others were simply icons to websites.
Most of the crap that you will want to remove will in fact come from software you install yourself. AOL is one of the worst when it comes to installing bloatware without your permission. 90% of the software I removed was a result of my own installations.
HP Desktops, however, are a completely different story. The amount of software HP installs be it games, trial versions, or "help guides," is unreal. After setting up my sister's new HP desktop I was expecting for my laptop to be loaded with bloatware and it simply wasn't.
Also, after you install all of your personal software and remove the bloatware, go to Start, Run, "msconfig" and click on the far right tab. Scroll through the processes that run in the background; about 50-75% of the processes can be clicked off. Just look at the stored location of the process and unless it has something to do with your OS, drivers, antivirus, etc., you can stop the processes from opening on Windows start-up. Most will be related to AOL, QuickTime, Real Player, some Office processes, etc.