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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How to have clean installs
by avgalen on Mon 12th Nov 2012 10:03 UTC
avgalen
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2010-09-23

1a) Buy a Microsoft Signature PC (http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msstore/en_US/pd/ThemeID.275097...
OR
1b) If you bought a PC that is infested with crapware, just reinstall it from a normal Windows Disk (you can download a Windows 8 Trial for this)
OR
1c) Use the "Refresh your PC" option in Windows 8

2) Use http://ninite.com/ to install most/all of the software that you need

Total time needed, roughly 2 hours depending on your internetspeed

Next time: Vote with your wallet and don't buy a crapware infested PC

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