Microsoft in-store program that scrubs "bloatware"

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  1. Ocky

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    Very limited, only certain stores in US.

     
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    Won't the Windows 8 "restore" feature solve the bloat problem?
     
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    Re: Microsoft to charge customers $99 to remove OEM 'crapware'

    Microsoft offers this program for people who buy the current Windows 7 PCs from its store for free, along with 90 days of phone support. For an extra $99, the support is extended to a year, along with theft protection for your PC as well as other benefits.

    http://signature.microsoft.com/

    This thread's title is misleading and there is another thread talking about this: https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=324295
     
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    Re: Microsoft to charge customers $99 to remove OEM 'crapware'

    I used the title of the article. Blame that guy.

    A mod can merge the topics.
     
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    Re: Microsoft to charge customers $99 to remove OEM 'crapware'

    This isn't for computers purchased from OEMs, correct?
    So how does one go about cleaning up a Dell pc, for example?
    I have one on order, have purchased many over the years, but only recently have I been really interested/concerned about the crap that gets added.
    I've always just spent time manually ripping stuff out... like the McAfee 30 day trial.
     
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    So this uninstalls 3rd party crapware and replaces it with MS crapware?

     
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    @ acr1965... LOL
     
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    Re: Microsoft to charge customers $99 to remove OEM 'crapware'

    That's your opinion. I believe many people would classify that assemblage as crapware.
     
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    Yeah, I edited my post.
     
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    Re: Microsoft to charge customers $99 to remove OEM 'crapware'

    This is free - http://pcdecrapifier.com/
    I believe appremover will take out many av/security suites - http://www.appremover.com/
     
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    Re: Microsoft to charge customers $99 to remove OEM 'crapware'

    Merged!
     
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    PC Decrapifier looks pretty interesting. Have you ever used it?
     
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    I used. It does little more than launching the uninstallers that come with mostly crapware.
     
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    Re: Microsoft to charge customers $99 to remove OEM 'crapware'

    There will definitely be varying opinions as to what constitutes crapware. OEMs, 3rd party apps, and MS all have their share. As for paying to remove it, not necessary. See pcdecrapifier, formerly Dell decrapifier. I last used it on XP with good results. It does give you options to remove some MS software too (for which the uninstallers are not so obvious). Depending on your needs, you can go too far with it. Just make sure you know what it is your removing.
     
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    I normally use Revo Uninstalled free version with the medium settings IIRC. I've never had an issue with it. As for PCD, I have not used it but many here on Wilders have and it's been around a long time. I believe Revo does a pretty thorough uninstall.
     
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    But doesn't Revo have to be on the machine when the crapware is installed?
     
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    FWIU- not the free version. I prefer the free to the paid Revo.
     
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    Re: Microsoft to charge customers $99 to remove OEM 'crapware'

    That does not look like a good deal. LoJack can be purchased for $39 at the rack rate. And it can sometimes be had on sale for less than that. "Signature" is a little confusing because MS says this comes with a PC (desktop or laptop) purchase at an MS store but that LoJack is for laptops. Secondly, what optimization does a computer running Windows 7 really need? Shouldn't a Windows computer sold at one of Microsoft's own stores already be optimized and ready to run out of box? Why should a person have to pay for a Windows computer to run the way it is supposed to run, especially when it is purchased from a Microsoft store? Anyway, I doubt much tweaking is needed at all. And the software MS installs is just freeware that anyone can get off the MS web site. Actually I didn't know Zune was still alive...thought it had died a slow miserable death years ago. Does anyone really use Zune anymore these days?
     
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    Re: Microsoft to charge customers $99 to remove OEM 'crapware'

    I don't know if Signature Premium is a good deal, just wanted to clarify that the regular Signature service is free for those who buy from a Microsoft store. Anyways, Signature Premium seems to offer more than a LoJack: http://signature.microsoft.com/want-more.aspx#benefits

    There are benefits with optimization on some setups, as shown here: http://signature.microsoft.com/what-it-means.aspx and http://signature.microsoft.com/under-the-hood.aspx

    It is ready. But if it can get even better for free (next point)...

    Microsoft offers this program for people who buy the current Windows 7 PCs from its store for free, along with 90 days of phone support.

    I don't have an opinion about that Zune software as I never used it. But from the comments I read, people who use it seem to really like it.
     
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    Seems like a pretty good deal.
     
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    Re: Microsoft to charge customers $99 to remove OEM 'crapware'

    I have to use it to manage my Lumia, I'll just say I'm glad they are replacing it with a better device manager.
     
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