Don’t blame Vista; blame OEMs for filling machines with bloatware

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I discovered today that my new laptop has arrived at my new job, which I start in a couple of weeks. The machines were ordered with XP on them I think, but which operating system is installed is a moot point. Before the machine is put to use, it’ll be wiped and a clean install of Vista will be put on it. Why? Well much of what will be on the machine will be pointless “bloatware” that OEMs seem hell-bent on filling new computers up with these days. That bloatware then slows the machine down and makes Vista seem such an unpleasant experience.

Ed Bott posted an article on this very topic yesterday. He cites a friend who bought a Sony Vaio and found it so  unusable, he dumped it in a cupboard and bought a Mac instead. When Ed wiped the machine and freshly installed Vista, it turned from a hideously slow machine into a fast, desirable, joy to use bit of kit. So why do these companies insist on turning powerful laptops into horrible-to-use slow monstrosities? Perhaps they all have shares in Apple?

One thought on “Don’t blame Vista; blame OEMs for filling machines with bloatware

  1. >> That bloatware then slows the machine down and makes Vista seem such an unpleasant experience.

    I thought the bloatware was designed in with Vista? I don’t think a re-install will help.

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