Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 18th Apr 2007 10:05 UTC, submitted by AdministratorX
Windows Apple's new 'Stuffed' commercial pokes fun at preinstalled applications - better known as craplets - loaded up on new Windows PCs. Apple isn't alone in the craplet disdain. Wall Street Journal columnist Walt Mossberg wrote columns on April 5 and April 12 about the craplet dilemma. Mossberg identified two problems: "One is the plethora of teaser software and advertisements for products that must be cleared and uninstalled to make way for your own stuff. The second is the confusing welter of security programs you have to master and update, even on a virgin machine."
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Craplets all over C:
by jello on Wed 18th Apr 2007 16:14 UTC
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Craplets are really annoying.

The real pain is that even when you uninstall the unwanted programs like Quicken, MS-Works Trial Edition etc. they are still hiding on your harddisk and fill up space.

The user has always to use a decent file manager (long live Total Commander) and delete all by hand.

Just last weekend I did this sort of cleanup on my new Compaq laptop and got rid of 5GB on Drive C:.

On WinXP Media Center Edition you even get 1.9GB of media files, isn't it nice?

A few years back the customers would get full versions of MS-Word or MS-Works with a CD. Nowadays you get them preinstalled as Trial versions. If you wnat to use them for good you have to pay.

Gone are also the days where you would get a decent OS CD, you only get a hidden recovery partition (not even recovery CD's/DVD's).
If the customer didn't add/change the partitions to store his data, and he has to reinstall the OS from a self made recovery DVD, all data is gone and all craplets are back.

That's why my procedure after buying a new Laptop is:
1.) Create Recovery DVD's with the provided program. (the data is on the hidden D: partition).

2.) Repartition the harddisk to add some logical drives where your data can be stored. This way if you have to reinstall from the recovering DVD's your data is not lost. Keep in mind to make C: big enough for a full recovery install (with all craplets).

3.) Uninstall all unwanted programs with the MS tools.

4.) Now search and delete with a file manager all hiding craplets manually from your C: partition.

5.) Install all programs you need.

Last week I got the Vista DVD from HP (used the free upgrade service, now expired) but I'm reluctant to install it and getting even more craplets...

And on top of it it's only a 32bit Vista version instead of a 64bit one for my 64bit-X2 CPU.

Edited 2007-04-18 16:22

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