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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Who Is To Blame
by shinkou on Mon 12th Nov 2012 00:58 UTC
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I personally found this a non-OS specific issue. To me, it looks more like a hardware provider specific issue.

Having that said, I still remember my second computer (80386SX), which my father bought me from a local hardware vendor who assemble parts for their customers by orders, had no crapware on it. It was installed with MS-DOS, MS Windows 3.1, a driver specific for the sound card, and that's it!

Then my 5th PC is a Compaq Presario. I got it from a vendor who don't assemble PCs themselves. It was the first time I learned all about crapware, although we didn't have such a word back then.

Since then, I build all my desktop PCs because I don't want that kind of nightmare again. Besides, I know exactly what I get from shopping the internal stuffs myself.

Although it isn't an approach that I can suggest to *normal* users, but it's very clear that this issue is more likely hardware provider (or "assembler" to be more precise?) related.

Edited 2012-11-12 00:59 UTC

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