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We may be entering the post-PC era What Does Post-PC Era Mean? [MakeUseOf Explains] What Does Post-PC Era Mean? [MakeUseOf Explains] Back in 2010, Steve Jobs proclaimed that we were entering the "post-PC era". Much of the discussion around Windows 8, its new Metro interface, and its focus on tablets has focused around the new reality... Read More , if Apple is to be believed, but many of us still use computers and still choose Windows as our operating system of choice. Whether that will still be the case after the release of Windows 8 remains to be seen, but for now Windows it is.

The problem with buying a new Windows PC from a big manufacturer such as HP, Lenovo, Dell, or Acer is the amount of pre-installed software bundled on the machines. Most of it is useless, and none of it was requested by the buyer, hence why we refer to it as crapware. Thankfully there are solutions to the problem of crapware.

How Do You Deal With Windows PC Crapware?

We asked you, How Do You Deal With Windows PC Crapware? The response was brilliant, with dozens of people weighing in with their opinions and suggestions for how to deal with crapware. We thank each and every one of you, as would everybody who is able to make use of the software and other methods for dealing with crapware if they had a platform to show their appreciation.

What follows is the list of programs our readers suggested for cleaning a new PC of the crapware, vendors insist on forcing down our throats. And with no need to pay Microsoft $99 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 for the privilege:

Suggestions other than using software included building your own PC from scratch, installing Linux instead of Windows, uninstalling unwanted programs manually, and using the publicly available ISOs which give you a fresh install of Windows without any of the various add-ons.


Comment Of The Week

Comment of the week goes to LigJuryJr, who gets nothing but my admiration and respect (which is surely more than anyone needs) for:

Although Windows 7 came installed on my Asus laptop, I re-installed it from one of the publicly available ISOs Microsoft made available. (I’ve heard this doesn’t work for all brands, such as HP.)

Zero crapware!

This was the first comment to mention the publicly available ISOs, and it started a discussion during which they were linked to. This method is the best bet for people serious about starting out with clean machines free of extraneous programs. However, I would urge caution to those who aren’t fully computer-literate. They may find some of the crapware they’re deleting useful and may run into difficulties heading down this route.

We will be asking a new question tomorrow, so please join us then. ‘We Ask You’ is a weekly column dedicated to finding out the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. We ask you a question and you tell us what you think. The question is open-ended and is usually open to debate. Some questions will be purely opinion-based, while others will see you sharing tips and advice, or advocating tools and apps for your fellow MakeUseOf readers. This column is nothing without you, as MakeUseOf is nothing without you.

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  1. Kenice Noel
    June 23, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    My PC has a low tolerance for crapware and bloatware.. that is why I regularly use software such as ccleaner and revo uninstaller to fix it up. Glary utilities free is also a nice option for when you need something like tuneup utilities without the CPU load.
    My laptop which I bought last September was loaded with Asus bloat which I immediately uninstalled. I then even went as far as to delete the system restore partition and then created my own using windows 7's built in feature :)
    Whatever method you use for getting rid of crapware and bloatware... good for you, but mine is simple and it just works for me.

  2. Dave Jackson
    June 15, 2012 at 2:45 am

    I always install a full version of Windows that I own after doing partitioning to meet my needs and trash the installed version and related crap.

  3. Chris Hunter
    June 13, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    I like the comment from LigJuryJr, but when you go to the page to get those ISO files, they show "interrupted" each time that I try to download them with Chrome. That stinks.

    Any ideas on how to tackle that?



    • Dave Parrack
      June 13, 2012 at 6:43 pm

      Hmm, no idea unfortunately, having not tried them myself. There was another set of links you could try - - Basically I think Microsoft keeps the link locations constantly changing.

      • Chris Hunter
        June 13, 2012 at 8:10 pm

        Thanks a lot for that new link, Dave. I was able to get what I wanted from there. Much appreciated!


        • Dave Parrack
          June 15, 2012 at 3:05 am

          Glad to be of help, Chris :)

  4. Prakash Senapati
    June 13, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    why not use tune up utilities

    • Dave Parrack
      June 13, 2012 at 12:20 pm

      Why not indeed. It looks like it's only free on a 15-day trial though.

  5. Mayank Agarwal
    June 13, 2012 at 6:30 am

    One more software which I would like to recommend is TweakNow Power Pack which packs in it a lot of features including Crapware cleaning, Registry Tweaking, And other such amazing features.
    It's one of a unique software.

    • Dave Parrack
      June 13, 2012 at 12:19 pm

      Thanks for the recommendation. Hopefully readers will add this to their arsenal of crapware-fighting tools :)