Microsoft Sells Crud-Free PCs

By  |  Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at 3:29 pm

Microsoft StoreWhenever anybody asks me for my take on Windows 7, I share my largely positive reaction, but am careful to insert a note of necessary gloom: If PC manufacturers lard up Windows 7 machines with adware, demoware, and various other forms of unwantedware, they’re going to ruin a good thing.

Turns out Microsoft apparently has the same concern. Over at TechFlash, Todd Bishop is reporting that the company is not only selling PCs at its retail stores and online but has customized them to be free of junkware (and to include a bunch of Microsoft apps and services, including  the ones it removed from Windows 7.) Here, for instance, is an HP Pavilion that sells for the same price it does at HP’s own site (OK, for a penny more).

I’m not sure whether Microsoft hopes to sell vast quantities of PCs, but even if these “Signature” systems are nothing more than an experiment, I like the idea–and I’d like to think that they’ll shame the worst offenders among PC manufacturers into shipping machines that treat Windows 7 (and more important, customers) with a certain degree of dignity that’s often lacking in the PC world. (The lack of cruft on Macs is one of several reasons why all Macs make a better first impression than most Windows systems.)

Side note: I just bought an Asus thin-and-light notebook that’s running Windows 7. It’s certainly not crippled by crud, but I can’t understand why Asus dumps an icon for a little self-running sales demo of the PC on the desktop. Isn’t that a little like a realtor telling you it’s your responsibility to remove the FOR SALE sign from the house you just bought?


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4 Comments For This Post

  1. AnthonyB Says:

    I know all too well how frustrating it is to have messages popping up flashing how many days you have left to register to keep using…
    So rather than spending the first precious hours getting to know your new machine better, you waste them hunting and uninstalling crud.
    I checked out the pcs Microsoft are selling and they look tempting, good to know they won’t be bloated.
    Can just log on to (Ninite Easy PC Setup and Multiple App Installer) and introduce my favourite apps to my new machine 🙂

  2. Tech Says:

    Acer does the same thing. They load their laptops up with useless crap that just slows down the machine.

  3. Backlin Says:

    Just as long as people understand that it’s not Microsoft that puts that stuff on PCs, their name will not be tarnished. Most of my friends believed at one time Microsoft loaded stuff on their pre-assembled computers, until I showed them my custom built computer with no garbage-ware. They thought I bought a special version of Windows. *facepalms*

  4. IcyFog Says:

    Too little too late in my opinion. Also Windows 7 is still Windows. Microsoft again fails to impress me.