Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 11th Nov 2012 15:49 UTC
Windows "Yesterday my desktop died, and so I went ahead and got a brand new Windows 8 laptop. It's always been my feeling that as years go on, user experience has been going down for people who use a computer and the Internet, because of decisions all companies make that are clearly anti-user, either because they think they know best, or in many cases, for financial gains. But from spending all night reinstalling everything and customizing the laptop, I realized just how bad it has become." Probably the biggest reason to go Mac or Linux. Such a shame Microsoft found it more important to pressure OEMs into silly Secure Boot nonsense instead of doing something about the anti-user crapware disaster. Goes to show who Microsoft cares about. Hint: it ain't you.
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by Nico57 on Sun 11th Nov 2012 22:56 UTC
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I'm surprised that Lenovo's name has not been pulled yet.
For me, they're hands down Kings of Crapware.
(Still, Google has more hits for hp+crapware than lenovo+crapware. I've been exposed to more Lenovo crapware than HP crapware, so my views may be biased.)

Anyway, the whole practice is totally sickening.
OEMs have long past the point where getting rid of their crap costs A WHOLE LOT more to the customer than what they're making from their "partnerships".

In the end, the responsibility really goes down to Microsoft.
Would they step out and tell OEMs to stop their dirty business, they'd have no choice but comply.
But of course they're also getting their share out of it.
Somehow, in this highly competitive market, crapware is a direct consequence of the MS tax.

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