OEM Crapware is Still Alive and Well on Windows 8

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renodude18

Well duh the list is similar.. Acer owns Gatway and Emachines.. Learned that when I bought a Gateway a few years back. I bought that because I had one ten years prior that was great. Also Crapware will always survive on windows as long as money controls the world.. Best advice.. Build your own system buy windows 8 when it comes out and you get a system with no crapware and a system with the power you want. Win, Win Scenario! Duh..

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bezerkus

PowerDVD costs $50 and is needed in playing Blu Ray as no media server will without it, hardly crapware. Everything listed seems helpful to a new user to get started even if it is not something I would use. I found some pretty cool stuff in what some might think of as crapware. Supernote on Asus Transformers was quite cool, and their storage apps are a good alternative to others. Some Dell diagnostic tools give more insight into hardware and provide the right drivers quickly when Windows gives the all ok on a problem driver.
I would not clamor for the proprieties of Surface or Apple "appliances" when all is needed is a little clean install or uninstall session on a new device for the novice, as some things you might want to install afterwards is now deemed crapware by MS and not supported, even though it may be a standard. I can think of a thing or two that certain Apple devices won't support now. Apple may need to start bundling some of that anti-virus crapware to help people rather than wait 3 months to react to an infection of 1/2 a million devices or do this: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/apple-continues-to-tell-support-reps-do-not-help-with-mac-malware/3375

Crapware reduces the price of that mass produced shiny device, and now sneakier ways to take your money are being used and they are even harder to get rid of without rooting and voiding warranties in those neat new mobile devices. I cannot even uninstall T-Mobile crapware in my Android without rooting it (which should give someone more heartache). You do realize the loss of rooting is going away as we all had that power of a clean install supported by MS. The casual user says "It's about time", I say the loss flexibility to compute makes for less quality, less flexible and less creative software and ultimately means a less innovative country which in turn...well I hope I am wrong.

With the MS Surface direction, they've caught the Apple bug and the way they make money. Less functionality, more control, more proprietary. Being versatile was what gained them success in the first place-closing up will only create a slow death while we all relish not having any functional advertising from any 3rd parties, rather it will just be heavily glued to the OS and device (Apple Maps anyone?).

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hastyscorpion

Really, how hard is it to uninstall this preloaded software? There are many programs that will uninstall all of this software for you never mind going to the control panel and uninstalling it your self. If it makes my computer cheaper I am all for it.

The things people irrationally get upset about astound me.

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Baer

I always build my own and install a clean OS but I tell my students to buy from the MS store and get a signature windows instalation that way no matter what brand you buy there is absolutly no crapware.

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don2041

Get pcdecrapifier it allows you to uninstall multiple craps at the same time, I use this program all the time for my clients.

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myh1tlist101

Well duh! Windows 8 is pretty much crapware.

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satrain18

If you don;t like crapware, either get your PC from a boutique builder(read Cyberpower, Ibuypower, Maingear, etc.) or build your own from components at Newegg. Either way, as an added bonus, you get to chose the parts and software you want.

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agello24

Uninstall it like we do everything else. alot of people are getting too lazy to goto the control panel to uninstall. They will however go to the control panel when : sound is not working, video card on the flip, turn off auto updates, etc.

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Modred189

Remember, Win8 lacks a DVD playing license, so that DVD software is a MUST for watching DVDs.

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whiznot

Who still watches DVDs? Install VLC or MPC.

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Engelsstaub

A LOT of people still watch DVDs. In fact, a lot more people watch DVDs than people who use alternative methods of rental.

Sorry, but I can't get a list of names for you at this time.

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loozer

Back to the XP days, where I actually used that one piece of oem preinstalled software.

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whr4usa

I just build my own primarily from Newegg to avoid this problem!

of course not really a choice with ARM or even portable/mobile x86 but in that case I'll give myself the same treatment I've been giving my customers for years now, wipe and reload with (or upgrade to) Windows 7 (or 8) witn all updates, the *best* drivers, updated effective security software and essential utilities

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Sovereign

The first thing I do with a new machine is wipe it and put things on the way I want. Then I make a recovery image with that base configuration.

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wolfing

me too, but I bet the people at Gateway and Dell don't have us as part of their target users for these computers. The majority will get this bloated computers, and call us to fix their problems, and we end up suffering anyway

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icebox1701

I learned that the best way to deal with this is to install the OS from a blank, default windows OEM disk and install only the drivers for your laptop. Sometimes I had to phone microsoft for the activation to work.

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0ly1r3m@1ns

honestly when I buy a fucking computer all I want is a pre-installed OS (of my choice) with only the CORE DRIVERS (IE all the stuff to make it work) non of this shit that I don't use that slows the computer to the crawl..... oh and stop bundling crapware/widgets with drivers (my laptop I have to install this fucking widget to use the function keys)

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SilverSurferNHS

they wouldn't be as cheap, and people buy systemax or some independent equivalent (AVA or equiv for lappys) to subvert the typical bs

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Andrew.Hodge

Can't wait for the" windows 8 IS crapware" comments.

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SilverSurferNHS

I love windows 8, i went back to 7 during the previews because a few things weren't quite ready and not working, but i sure as hell missed it and just moved back to it this morning. It might not feel like an evolutionary change, but for me its a definite usability and performance polish. that said, it shoulda been a service pack. but whatever it's their product and their rationalizations/ business decisions to do as they see fit, and i dont have a problem with that.

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Andrew.Hodge

@SilverSurfer: fYeah, I ran all three versions for awhile. I was completely happy with it and had decided wholeheartedly that I was going to upgrade whenever it released. That was before I changed hardware, though. Now, windows seven is giving me the whole "black background" treatment, saying that it isn't genuine and won't let me reinstall it because I have "installed it on too many computers", even though it's the same computer. I had been dual-booting several linux flavors for awhile, and when I started having trouble, I didn't even try to fight it. I've been running pure linux for awhile, now and I really haven't looked back. The jury's still out on whether or not I'm gonna buy it outright.

@Silenced: Where's my what?

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SkinnyZeroOne

Yep - this should be good -) Too funny Andrew.

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TheMissingPiece

Gah! OEM bloatware is the scourge of the consumer PC world! I always uninstall the stuff from my relatives' computers because they never use it, and it just slows down boot times (they're often widgets and the sort).

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