- From: David Pitt <pittdj@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 29 Feb 2008 08:38:21 GMT
In message <CM2dnRBQy-kKNVranZ2dnUVZ8qSnnZ2d@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Glenn Richards <glenn@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
David Pitt wrote:
With my first PC I did eventually realise that Norton was hobbling
the thing so now as soon as a new PC comes out of its box Norton is
All my desktop PC systems were built from components and had a clean
install of XP without any bundled rubbish.
My laptops however... first thing I do is nuke the pre-installed OS and
put something decent on there. Invariably they used to come with XP Home
(crippleware), nowadays you get Vista Home Basic.
One of the pre-requisites now for purchasing a laptop, whether for
myself or a customer, is "are XP drivers available"? The machine
immediately gets reformatted and XP Pro installed!
Not only are PCs bought on the High Street loaded with assorted junk
but the supplied CDs do not help. My two Toshibas came with restore CDs
which were just a copy of the CD image, Norton, shovelware and all. What
was not there was a WindowsXP or Vista CD, so a clean install is out of
the question. Not having the WindowsXP is a particular hazard as
there are useful utilities on the disc that are not part of the standard
disc installation, backup is one such. In the event of trouble there is
no CD to boot from. Oddly CDs for MicroSoft Works CDs were supplied.
For all the control, not to mention world domination, Microsoft has
machines carrying their OSes are supplied in a sorry state to the
In the Lakeside shopping centre there is a newly arrived Apple shop
which is a lovely as PC World is scruffy. That's Apple selling their own
stuff, it led me to wonder if Macs are supplied in a better state.
There was an article somewhere (might have been The Register) about
"crapware" like this. Interesting reading.
Thanks, that is interesting.
Computing with RISC OS.
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