Windows 8 PCs are Packed with Crapware

Windows 8 PCs are Packed with Crapware

The good folks at Information Week obviously share our frustration with the long history of Windows PCs packed with space consuming and in some cases performance crippling Crapware.

Althought Microsoft is promoting Windows 8 as a ‘New Era of PC’ on everything from billboards to magazine covers…it now appears OEMs are delivering more of the same crap with new computers featuring Windows 8.

In response to an inquiry from Information Week – several major OEMs provided this list of crapware that now comes pre-installed on their Windows 8 systems.

We got in touch with representatives from several major PC makers — Dell, HP, Toshiba, Samsung, Acer, Lenovo — and asked them for a rundown of what software is being pre-loaded into their new Windows 8 machines. The results we got fit into roughly three categories:

1. Software provided by the OEM for the sake of system functionality (e.g., hardware drivers, vital system-management tools).

2. Software provided by the OEM for the sake of optional added functionality specific to the system (such as Samsung’s S Pen software).

3. Software provided by third parties (trial software).

Here’s what we got back from the PC makers in question, regarding what OEM and third-party apps are loaded into many of their most recent Windows 8 machines. In the case of Lenovo we got the software list from their product pages.–
Information Week 11/2/2012

As our numerous posts regarding Crapware have well documented – this issue is driven by the all mighty dollar.

PC buyers always want to pay as low a price as they can for the best possible PC, and PC manufacturers are more than happy to oblige. But the lowering of costs via the bulk supply discounts available to PC makers only goes so far, and the crapware strategy is a deeply-entrenched way to drop the per-unit price a few bucks further.–Information Week 11/2/2012

But have no fear, if you have true concerns about this crapware – don’t forget Microsoft will help you remove it for just $99.

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18 thoughts on “Windows 8 PCs are Packed with Crapware

  1. We, the users, should demand to be paid a set fee for each item of crapware installed beyond the needed and basic apps. I send a very negatively worded email to each and all of the crapware people on my latest new computer. Didn’t change a thing but I felt better.

  2. Why would you write an article that points negative at Windows 8 when it is pretty obvious that the issue you are focusing on is not Windows issue at all. It is the manufacture of the PC. A clean copy of Windows doesn't have any of that crap on it, whether it XP or Windows 8.

  3. So what's the alternative? Buy a software free PC but pay an extra $100 for it? Happy now? Thought not.

    I know, let's have ad-free internet while we're at it, just like the good old days. Only going to cost you $20 a month. Happy now? Thought not.

    While we're on a roll, how about ad-free TV for $30 per month. Happy now? Well, I think you know the answer…

    The moral being if you want cheap or subsidised services, there's usually a price to pay other than cash. Articles like this are just plain idiotic…

    • Errr… yes, I know that but that’s not my point. We all hate advertising (mostly) but without it, we’d all have to pay more for the things we use. We can’t always expect free without giving something in return, in this case our eyes and ears for a few seconds at most. If too many people were to use ad-blocking software, websites and software authors would have to seek other revenue generating opportunities and the entire WWW could cease to be free just like in the '90's…

  4. So what’s the alternative? Buy a software free PC but pay an extra $100 for it? Happy now? Thought not.

    I know, let’s have ad-free internet while we’re at it, just like the good old days. Only gonna cost you $20 a month. Happy now? Thought not.

    While we’re on a roll, how about ad-free TV for $30 per month. Happy now? Well, I think you know the answer…

    The moral being if you want cheap or subsidised services, there’s usually a price to pay other than cash. Articles like this are just pure garbage.

    • @j walsh: Or Windows XP Pro. Though I did try Windows 7 Beta and thought it was light years ahead of Vista. I still use XP Pro and use the Classic settings. Just like the functionality of it.

  5. The crap-ware is not a big to remove and if this keeps the price down, I say go for it.
    If you absolutely find it offensive you can buy the Microsoft Signature machines at a higher price.

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