#1 By: howtogeek, May 15th, 2013 06:42
Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/163303/how-computer-manufacturers-are-paid-to-make-your-laptop-worse/
A laptop is a marvel of engineering. So much work goes into designing and manufacturing all the individual pieces of hardware before combining them with software that’s taken decades to build. After going through all this work, laptop manufacturers are paid to make their laptops slower and more frustrating to use.
#2 By: Rahul Panchal, May 15th, 2013 07:35
Yet another reason that the first thing I do when I get a new laptop is make a dual boot scenario. I can't deal with most of this bullshit under Windows, and the most solace I'll have will be under Linux. Reinstalling Windows isn't that bad of an idea either, but I'm more afraid that I'll have to pay up for a license if I'm trying to reinstall. The terms for activating a Windows license are a pain...
#3 By: James Kendall, May 15th, 2013 08:13
your laptop should come with a product key to reactivate windows after a reinstall. haven't had a laptop that didn't have a product key. it is just getting the install disks. possibly you can get them from your manufacture or look online.
#4 By: Robert_Zanol, May 15th, 2013 08:14
I always wipe a lappie's disk and install a clean dual boot with windows and linux. Another downside to lappies is the useless partitions created by the manufacturer to house those crapware diagnostic tools which really are not necessary.
I never buy a desktop PC, always build one so on desktop crapware is not an issue.
#5 By: Taco Bucket, May 15th, 2013 08:27
This was the most useless article I've ever read on htg.
#6 By: Sunandajit Ray, May 15th, 2013 08:34
Windows 8 gives an option reinstall a fresh copy of windows 8 which is as good as signtaure PC.
#7 By: Noel Mathur, May 15th, 2013 08:35
The article says, to use retail Windows DVD to install plain Windows. This has never worked with me. My workplace has a lot of retail versions of windows lying around so as long as you have a key, the administrators do not mind giving you a DVD. Since the days of XP, I have been trying to do this and use the key that comes with the machine. It has NEVER worked, after a certain number of days, it always asked me to get a new key. I have no idea how other folks really work this around.
#9 By: VistaMike, May 15th, 2013 09:38
How so? Have you an alternative answer?
What part of the article was useless, expand, because discussion should be an addition to the community otherwise the statement is pointless
#10 By: Roman Berry, May 15th, 2013 10:08
Licenses for OEM versions won't activate a retail version. If you want to reinstall and have the OEM key work, use an OEM disc. And if it still shows unactivated, there is a workaround. Call MS and explain that you reinstalled OEM Windows. They'll ask for the key from the sticker on the PC. And then they'll give you a key that works.
#11 By: Lewis_Keller, May 15th, 2013 10:30
I would immediately create a fresh windows install by using a free installation disk (created by myself). It might take a while, but to me, it's the most effective way of getting rid of all the bloatware. Then, if I wanted to, I would create a Linux dual-boot.
#12 By: Rick Sosnowski, May 15th, 2013 10:32
tacobucket, The article is fine because it tells the truth. It also teaches people how to enjoy their computers more instead of waiting for that crap to load up and pollute their operating systems.
#13 By: Jeff Sadowski, May 15th, 2013 10:37
XP I can understand. It had so many different disks that it was hard to keep them straight. Windows 7 is vastly improved. Supposedly there is just one windows 7 disk and different keys activate the different features.
#14 By: Noel Mathur, May 15th, 2013 10:45
I didn't know that. I have seen OEM discs of XP but I have not seen OEM disks of Windows 7. Do they exist? AFAIK, nobody sells OEM disks anymore and you have to make a recovery disc yourself. Please correct, if I am wrong.
#15 By: Thomas Wyker, May 15th, 2013 10:53
As time passes the amount of "shovelware" just keeps increasing. Like many others I never buy a desktop; I build them and this becomes a non-issue. Laptops are another story. It seems they are always packed full of useless stuff. I simply wipe the hard and install a linux distribution from a disc. Maybe I might dual boot with an OEM version of Windows 7, but that's mostly when I'm installing for other people. A clean hard drive and linux is the way to go!
#16 By: Wolfy_Joe, May 15th, 2013 10:59
Good Job.Well constructed article )
#17 By: Daniel Mathews, May 15th, 2013 11:06
Well for me the PC Decrapifier is a piece of crap. When run, it displays its output in dialogue boxes that are too small to contain other than a small part of the text and since I can't see what I'm selecting/not selecting (by default) I won't let it run to completion. I'm using the version I just downloaded, 2.3.1. 64-bit Windows 7 [Version 6.1.7601].
#18 By: Dan, May 15th, 2013 11:25
I always have to DeCrapify my friends' new PCs, and what a pain it is. One in particular had so many different programs pre-installed, his computer took 5 minutes before it was actually ready to be used.
#19 By: Jason Faulkner, May 15th, 2013 11:40
An important point to keep in mind is that the crapware/shovelware which is preinstalled actually subsidizes the cost of these machines. This is one of the main reasons why the machines preloaded with this stuff are significantly cheaper than a clean machine with similar hardware.
This is a consumer driven result. Customers demand cheaper machines, so the market responds with cheaper machines loaded with trial software. Tablets and phones are following this model as well. This explains why you can't remove certain applications without rooting the device.
#20 By: Lowell Heddings, May 15th, 2013 11:45
Yeah... to some extent. But a lot of it just comes down to the manufacturers wanting to do anything to help their bottom line. It's not like they give the customers a choice - they could let you buy the non-subsidized version and pay a few bucks extra - especially for phones and tablets with crapware rootkits.
#21 By: Jason Faulkner, May 15th, 2013 11:50
Unfortunately, the goal posts have been moved so to speak that this crap is now 'expected' to be on new devices as this is "just how it is". I doubt on phones and tablets that consumers actually benefit from these 'subsidies' as much as they did when applied to PCs and laptops.
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