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.
Thread beginning with comment 517520
To view parent comment, click here.
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
RE[2]: As a consumer...
by Alfman on Thu 10th May 2012 00:12 UTC in reply to "RE: As a consumer..."
Alfman
Member since:
2011-01-28

WorknMan,

"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?

Reply Parent Score: 4

RE[3]: As a consumer...
by WorknMan on Thu 10th May 2012 07:23 in reply to "RE[2]: As a consumer..."
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

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.

Reply Parent Score: 2

RE[3]: As a consumer...
by Trebus on Thu 10th May 2012 13:32 in reply to "RE[2]: As a consumer..."
Trebus Member since:
2012-04-11

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.

Reply Parent Score: 1

RE[3]: As a consumer...
by joe_tester on Thu 10th May 2012 14:26 in reply to "RE[2]: As a consumer..."
joe_tester Member since:
2011-08-16

Dont buy HP ;) Dell's reinstall disks are clean and work like vanilla Windows disks.

Reply Parent Score: 1

RE[4]: As a consumer...
by Neolander on Thu 10th May 2012 17:57 in reply to "RE[3]: As a consumer..."
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

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

Reply Parent Score: 1