Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 10th Nov 2012 01:41 UTC
Windows "Despite the fact that I've been using Windows 8 for the past three weeks, I somehow managed to overlook a rather stark feature in the OS: ads. No, we're not talking about ads cluttering up the desktop or login screen (thankfully), but rather ads that can be found inside of some Modern UI apps that Windows ships with. That includes Finance, Weather, Travel, News and so forth. Is it a problem? Let's tackle this from a couple of different angles." Hadn't seen them either - I don't use those applications - but this is pretty despicable.
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RE[5]: Ads? in MY Windows?
by UltraZelda64 on Sat 10th Nov 2012 23:59 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Ads? in MY Windows?"
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Ahh, but can they be uninstalled? If they are considered core apps then probably not.

But even if they can be uninstalled why should I have to go through the trouble of doing so? I'd rather stick with an uncompromised version of Windows to run alongside my Free OSes, than pay for something that will then throw ads at me.

I didn't try experimenting with all of the pre-installed apps, but it does seem that they can, in fact, be uninstalled. I tried a couple of them (specifically, the more useless ones with ads, but IMO they're all pretty useless really). But the simple fact is, they came with the OS. You pay for them when you buy the license to use the OS, so in effect by upgrading your're helping to support this nonsense. So if you already have a copy of Windows 7, you really probably are better off just sticking with that.

All I can tell that Windows 8 truly has over its predecessor is a few speed improvements and a nicer Task Manager, the ability to mount ISO disc images (something virtually every UNIX-like OS has been able to do natively for years...) and maybe a few other extremely minor little details that aren't even worth mentioning... that's pretty much it. Meanwhile, the negatives of the charms bar constantly popping up on the right side of the desktop and all the other Metro annoyances make it poor as far as usability goes as a standard desktop.

Try out the enterprise evaluation copy in a virtual machine to see for yourself if you have 1GB+ (32-bit) or 2GB+ (64-bit) of memory to spare. It works for 90 days, but it can be rearmed once toward the end for a total of up to 180 days. I wouldn't recommend testing any other way unless you have a spare machine laying around somewhere, because this version can not be upgraded to an official retail license.

Edited 2012-11-11 00:19 UTC

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