Recently a video was done to show what PC's(and Mac) had regarding bloatware. In the video, they test 8 new PCs for trialware, drive space used, and set up times. According to their results, Sony, HP and Dell are the worst offenders.
my vaio AR doesn't have wild tangement nor any of the other software except for sony branded products and sysmantec. perhaps it could be because its the AR series. I'm sure the same applys to the others pcs they tested. It would've been great if they had posted which pcs they tested not just the brand.
i have a gateway computer and whats funny that in some areas its the biggest problem causer yet isn't the worst one out there. The only issue i have had was the mcafee software messing up. Aside from that, it runs pretty well.
Apple had the best processor (speed wise..probably why it costs more)
which is why I stopped drinking pepsi, and which is why I hate Macs. I also think the PC guy is more charming and funny.
iThink you iNeed to iRespect the iMac and its iBrand. How can you not iLove the iCalc, iPhoto, iPhone, and iSuckSteveJobsOff? Mac is becoming more pretentious that Linux has ever been. Macs are for Photoshop. Linux is for admins. PCs are for the rest of us. Let's keep it that way, thanks.
I run ubuntu on my laptop for programming. ssh does wonders when trying to compile on a sparc machine.
I program with REALBasic(basically VB for OSX). I write a app. for OSX and then compile it once so it works on OSX/Linux/and Windows 98-XP.
my cousins got me(for free) Adobe photoshop 8.0 and it rocks, but on other note, i like ms's response to the mac commercials, they just ignore it, it shows them knowing they have 90% of market
especially Norton. it isn't worth spit.
regedit is your friend
@6.1 - "regedit is your friend " I believe msconfig to be a much better friend.
it didn't install right on my computer so i couldn't really use other virus software. I had to go buy Mcaffe software even though i had pccillin to install. But it didn't work. Fortunetly Mcaffe has protected my computer fairly well. And Norton just really slows your computer a lot more than others.
I've always have used Norton. Whats funny...it's even hard to get rid of on a Mac. You can't just simply trash it like most Mac Apps you have to freakin un-install it.
nod32 is king!
i just reformat and install my own custom unattended/slipstreamed/modded win-xp it runs as smooth as butter on just about any pc i put it on. i even had it running on an old old old ibm thinkpad clocked at 233mhz with 32mb ram. nlite is your friend. it was a little tricky getting EVERYTHING running like it should on my girlfriends new hp pavilion laptop, mainly becuase it shipped with vista (which i hate) and they (hp) dont support xp very well with thier newer models as far as drivers go and getting things like quickplay (a dvd playback thing where you use less power on the laptop as it only powers up the needed things to watch movies yada yada yada) all to function properly. but in the end her laptop is running over twice as fast with xp so it was worth it.
did it take you to make a custom OS? That sounds cool
well its really an ongoing thing, as M$ releases patches and fixes for things you add them in and you find more things you DONT use so you take them out... but just to get started it took a few days of reading and trial and error to get a good stable working install. but if you wanna get into it a GREAT place to learn more about all the little bits of windows is the forum over at www.msfn.org and probably one of the best programs i have used, and its 100% free and updated all the time, is nLite which can also be read about and found on those same forums. but yeah it is very cool i got it set up so that i put one CD into any one of my 8 computers/laptops boot from said cd and tell windows what drive/partition to install to and it fully installs windows (minus whatever components i had chosen not so install), all my hardware drivers, any software like office 2k3, nero, plus about 13 other apps/codecs/games that i use all the time, and tweaks everything just the way i like all while i play a few games on my 360 or get a bite eat or whatever. its pretty spiffy. i reformat and install windows about 20 times a month across my many computers, more or less just for fun and to try new things.
Wouldn't it be easier to have images and just restore from them. I used to clean install o/s once or twice a month but with so many progs and games installed and so many settings, drivers etc to be done everytime, it became a hassle. I now use Acronis true image workstation software. Made an image of clean install with drivers, some games and progs which i normally use. Now whenever i feel the system started sucking, i just format the drive boot from the disc and restore the image. It takes less than 10 mins after formating the drive to have the system back in the position you wanted it to be in.
i use Windows Complete PC Backup and Restore image, it takes just under 20 minutes and vwalah!! a fresh new installation of vista ultimate including my base software and games
an image backup works only on that one computer the drivers installed are specific to that computer. where my method works on any number of computers. not to mention with the method i use when M$ releases their monthly patches it takes about 5 minutes to add them to my disk where as you would have to make a whole new image and what not.
I hate pre installed apps on a brand new PC. I mean... I just hate it.
I got my laptop just before vista came out so I got both xp and vista with it. Boot up with xp **** loads of bloat ware. manually remove it blah blah blah. then Vista come try it. Not bloat ware but things like basic games suffer about 20+fps!!!!!! so go back to xp. I popped in the recovery cd/dvd load up xp and boom no bloat ware!!!! couldn't believe it. It was literally just a copy of xp with an easier installer. Well thank you gateway for that!
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