Crapware has long been a thorn in the sides of Windows users. Consumers and enterprise users buy PCs under the faulty impression that they’ll be getting a completely clean computer when they break open the box. Instead, they find a PC that’s been loaded up with junk that they typically don’t need. What’s worse, all of that software slows down boot times and performance, since the programs are usually set to load automatically and typically run in the background.
I cannot believe this is still happening in the Windows landscape in 2012. It’s nearly, 2013, even, and MSFT are still allowing the shipment of an OS pumped full of shit and underperforming from the first boot. And it gets worse:
Why else might crapware still be hanging around? Blame it on the Almighty Dollar. By bundling trial versions of software, PC makers are enticing customers to buy full versions, thus lining company pockets. Simply put, it all comes back to squeezing every last dime out of an investment.
So, who is actually looking out for us? It’s tough to say. Microsoft is nice enough to offer a “Signature” experience to Windows shoppers that improves boot times and increases shut down speeds. Best of all, the company removes all trialware before shipping PCs to customers.
But like anything else in the land of crapware, there’s a catch: Microsoft charges $99 for Signature.
So MSFT know that Windows 8 is shipping pumped full of crap and their solution? Charge you and I $99 to make Windows 8 perform as it should perform out of the box. That is some smart thinking! Thanks, Microsoft!
c.f. Booting OS X. Night and day.
Why can’t Microsoft mandate no crapware. It’s fucking 2013. They’ve done it for Windows Phone. Why not for Windows itself?
This makes no sense. I’m so glad I don’t use Windows.