OEM Crapware is Still Alive and Well on Windows 8

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Windows 8 hardware and software doesn’t officially go on sale until October 26th, but apparently The Home Shopping Network didn’t get the memo. Either that or they did get the memo, but just chose to ignore it. The online portal for the popular shopping television show is offering up 5 different machines from Gateway and Acer, all of which feature Windows 8 pre-installed. The models shown are hardly remarkable, however as ZDNet’s Ed Bott points out , the marketing materials confirm what we all feared. Crapware is alive and well on Windows 8, and Microsoft seems powerless to prevent it.

According to the detailed spec’s page here is what buyers of the Acer models will encounter:

  • Microsoft Office 2010 (60-day trial)
  • Acer Portal
  • Acer Games
  • Acer Recovery Management
  • Nero 12 Essentials
  • Adobe Reader
  • Norton Internet Security Suite (60-day trial)

The Gateway machine has a fairly similar list:

  • Microsoft Office 2010 (60-day trial)
  • CyberLink PowerDVD
  • Gateway MyBackup Solution
  • Gateway Games Powered by WildTangent (10 demo games with 60 minutes of game play)
  • Gateway Recovery Management
  • Adobe Reader
  • Adobe Flash
  • Norton Internet Security (60-day trial)

Acer’s CEO J.T. Wang warned Microsoft to “think it over” with reference to the Surface tablet, but to be clear, PC’s equipped as described above are exactly why we need the Surface. Perhaps it’s Mr Wang who should be “thinking it over”. Consumers are sick of being bombarded by offers when they start up a shiny new PC, and it’s one of the areas Apple continues to have us beat. If Microsoft continues to expand its physical store presence, along with the Signature Program , perhaps all hope is not lost.

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