Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 9th May 2012 17:09 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems "Leo Apotheker's disastrous tenure as HP's CEO revealed a dysfunctional company struggling for direction after a decade of missteps and scandals. Can his replacement, Meg Whitman, fix the tech giant?" As a consumer, I wish they simplified their product line-up. They have the engineering skills - I just have no idea what I'm supposed to buy when I visit their site. The choice for the ZenBook late last year instead of anything HP had to offer was elementary.
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RE[2]: As a consumer...
by Alfman on Thu 10th May 2012 00:12 UTC in reply to "RE: As a consumer..."
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"I don't care how much crapware they load on, as long as I get a genuine Windows install disc with the computer. The first thing I do when I get a PC like that is format and reinstall clean."

Last month I bought a new win7 computer for someone, it fatally crashed on the third boot, and even system recovery failed to fix it. I was tempted to return the whole system but there were no hardware faults, so I did a reinstall from the supplied OEM DVD, with no crashes yet.

However the DVD did reinstall all the OEM bloatware, which I had to go through and remove a second time. So my question is, how can you get a clean windows install without purchasing a clean version of it separately?

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RE[3]: As a consumer...
by WorknMan on Thu 10th May 2012 07:23 in reply to "RE[2]: As a consumer..."
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If worse comes to worse, you can download a copy of Windows from P2P (or your favorite warez spot), and use the serial that came with your computer. Just make sure it is the same as what you have - eg, OEM Home Premium, or whatever.

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RE[3]: As a consumer...
by Trebus on Thu 10th May 2012 13:32 in reply to "RE[2]: As a consumer..."
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I had the same problem, I wanted to reinstall my notebook with clean Windows.
You need to download installation DVD for the right Windows edition. After installation, activate Windows via phone.

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RE[3]: As a consumer...
by joe_tester on Thu 10th May 2012 14:26 in reply to "RE[2]: As a consumer..."
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Dont buy HP ;) Dell's reinstall disks are clean and work like vanilla Windows disks.

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RE[4]: As a consumer...
by Neolander on Thu 10th May 2012 17:57 in reply to "RE[3]: As a consumer..."
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I think that Dell are pretty much alone there. Asus, too, make you burn by yourself a tweaked restore image that takes up no less than 5 DVDs !

Pretty ugly practice for a company that otherwise produces flawless hardware for an attractive price. But well, real geeks don't use OEM-provided OS images, I guess...

Edited 2012-05-10 18:00 UTC

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