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Another fine example of reasons to join the PC Builders Club.

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Oh... my... god.

 

I literally fell on the floor with laughter.

 

"Trialware: pronounced trahylware"

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tito i purchased a compaq some years back and it took almost an hour to get it online :lol:

 

never again i say

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Since I've always built my own PC's you can imagine what a shock it was to see the amount of junk loaded on these laptops. Some of them looked exactly like a spoof or commercial about the horrors of bloatware. If you actually took an average of the eight computers used for the project, the time from box to internet would have been in the neighborhood of 46 minutes. The first boot experience was exactly like having a bad spyware problems with opening programs, advertisements, and trialware updates :surrender::surrender: preventing you from actually getting to the internet by your own choice.

 

Joe C that's a great idea you have and is exactly what I would do but in most cases you would then have to buy a new OS. The only choice you have on these machines was to restore from the restore partition or to make disks and use them to restore which gives you the same junky install. Of course you can install, spend the day deleting and then make a ghost of the drive but seems like a lot of work just to get what you paid for.

 

An eye opening project.

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That's easy. Boot to a comand prompt and type in:

format c: /u

 

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Everyone of the photos at the end of the video were true screen captures from the bloatware. They almost seem like the spyware and pop up ad days are back on us again.

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The last Compaq I saw new out of the box must have had at least a dozen shortcuts on the desktop when first turned on. Too bad most of them didn't say that they were only installers for demo's/trials. Fortunately the person that bought the computer had no intention of using any of the pre-bundled stuff, so removed/deleted all of that before anyone could install it.

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I love that MAC/PC commercial. I'm really sick of all the crap that gets onto my computer. I, too, would like to know how to get rid of the bloat. My computer should run a lot faster than it does plus it seems to lock up if I have too many windows open.

 

I seem to have an enormous amount of processes running in the background but I don't know which ones are essential and which are not. Anyone know how I can figure it out?

 

Right now I regularly run PC Pitstop's Optimize program, Spybot Search and Destroy and Norton Security Suite. Are there others program I can run to find and delete the junk?

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The Dell blog has a new post detailing the efforts we are making to allow our customers choice when it comes to the software loaded on their systems. Now when a customer configures their machine, he/she can opt for “No software pre-installed” for things like productivity software, ISP software and photo and music software. Additionally, on most XPS systems the no software options are the default choice. On the new systems, we have launched a software uninstall utility in the U.S. that allows customers to further control and choose what software is on their system. We also have stopped shipping Wild Tangent. Check out the full post at: http://direct2dell.com/one2one/default.aspx

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The Dell blog has a new post detailing the efforts we are making to allow our customers choice when it comes to the software loaded on their systems. Now when a customer configures their machine, he/she can opt for “No software pre-installed” for things like productivity software, ISP software and photo and music software. Additionally, on most XPS systems the no software options are the default choice. On the new systems, we have launched a software uninstall utility in the U.S. that allows customers to further control and choose what software is on their system. We also have stopped shipping Wild Tangent. Check out the full post at: http://direct2dell.com/one2one/default.aspx

 

:unsure:

 

Dell pay people to post on forums?

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Hi Tito,

 

I actually asked her to post here. They had contacted me and I thought it best that everyone could see what was going on at Dell. If you read through their blog, right after I did my bloatware video, they actually did numerous things to substantially improve the bloatware situation. The biggest of which is that Dell is the only PC maker that you can purchase a non bloatware PC.

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I want a CLEAN install of Windows and Drivers. NO Dell support 3.whatever program. NO AV trials of a program I wouldnt even think of using (Norton for example).

 

How hard would that be for Dell to create that image and use that to factory image their drives and recovery partitions. (by the way I also want those disks)

:clap:

 

 

we have launched a software uninstall utility in the U.S. that allows customers to further control and choose what software is on their system

Wouldnt need it if what I asked for above was done.

Edited by PORTHOS

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hey porthos, that has been available for quite some time. you can choose to not have anything installed (except for the os and drivers) on most systems.

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Thanks BB, I build my own anyway. That was my.02 about that blog. I belive that all computer sellers should start bare and add on request the chance to add/purchase from the start just the software they want. But I know that just increases the price for the computer because the mfg wont get the extra money from the software vendors they get form all the bundled software and production will cost more as well.

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i agree. completely. the system should be: here is the base system, add to it.

 

no more than that. you want windows? add on the cost. you want an advanced processor? add on the cost.

 

i'm tired of the hidden charges that are in all systems.

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