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While I’m no Windows or Microsoft fanboy (believing fanboys of all persuasions to be as bad as one another) I do use Windows more than any other operating system. It has had its ups (XP, 7) and its downs (ME, Vista), and it’s set to be tested when Microsoft re-imagines it with the new Metro UI in Windows 8 8 YouTube Videos Of People Testing Windows 8 8 YouTube Videos Of People Testing Windows 8 At the time of writing Windows 8 is almost ready for public consumption, with an expected release date of October 2012. The Windows 8 Release Preview is now available to download for those in need... Read More , but it’s still the Windows we know and love. Or hate, depending on your point of view.

One thing that annoys every Windows user is the crapware that comes pre-installed on new computers. This isn’t actually Microsoft’s fault, despite what some people think Why You Have Too Much Crap on Your Computer & What to Do About It [Opinion] Why You Have Too Much Crap on Your Computer & What to Do About It [Opinion] I am here today to give you a message you don’t often hear on tech blogs - you have too much. Too much software, too many unneeded applications, too much digital clutter. Even if you... Read More , but thanks to PC manufacturers bundling a load of software onto their machines before they get sold in stores, it’s a problem, regardless of who is to blame. Which leads us to this week’s ‘We Ask You‘ question.

This Week’s Question…

How Do You Deal With Windows PC Crapware?

PC manufacturers bundle pre-installed software with new computers for two reasons: to ensure some features work straight out the box without a need for the end user to search for a solution themselves, and to save money. Both are legitimate reasons; the first saves n00bs from getting frustrated, the second keeps the cost of buying a new PC down as low as it is.

However, that doesn’t stop it from being really annoying. Anyone who knows a little about computers would rather start with a clean slate and a fresh version of Windows. They can then fill it with their own crap in their own time. Inspired by Microsoft’s recently announced Signature program How To Make Your PC A Microsoft Signature PC Without Paying $99 How To Make Your PC A Microsoft Signature PC Without Paying $99 Windows PCs are notoriously junk-filled out-of-the-box. Buy a Microsoft Signature PC from a Microsoft Store (yes, Microsoft has a handful of stores across the US) and you’ll find it free of the usual junk. Soon,... Read More which sees the company remove all the detritus for you for $99, the timing seems ripe to ask what you do to combat Windows PC crapware?

Do you leave it all on your new PC and work around it? Do you sort through each added program in turn, deleting those you deem unnecessary? Do you use software designed to remove crapware with the minimum of fuss? If so, which software? Do you use a workaround to get a clean Windows install? Let us know in the comments section below.


All comments will be digested to form conclusions in a follow-up post next week where we will detail what ‘You Told Us’. One reader will be chosen for the coveted ‘Comment Of The Week’, having their name put up in lights for all to marvel over. What more motivation than that do you need to respond?

‘We Ask You‘ is a weekly column dedicated to finding out the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. The questions asked are usually open-ended and likely to start a conversation. Some are opinion-based, while others see you sharing tips and advice, or advocating tools and apps to fellow MakeUseOf readers. This column is nothing without you, as MakeUseOf online dating part demux online dating part demux Read More is nothing without you.

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