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> The first step was getting rid of the usual pre-installed crap [...] It took me over an hour to go through all the uninstallers.

I was at least three sentences into a long "Uninstallers? Seriously?" rant when I realized that this is exactly what the average poor bastard on the street would do if they wanted to get rid of the crapware that infests a new machine.

[long thoughtful pause]

Jesus. It really is that big of a divide. I never (never, never, ever, ever) boot up a new machine. I always nuke-n-pave it right out of the box. I don't even give it any thought -- it's just the way it is.

[another long thoughtful pause]

Then again, this is a problem for my generation, where one in one hundred (maybe more) had half a clue when it came to personal computers.

I'd like to think the "run the uninstaller" route is also not an option for kids in their 20's and 30's (get off my lawn!). I'd like to think the ratio is closer to one in three or four, and installing a virgin copy of your OS of choice on a new machine is just as much a habit for them as it is for me.

So I guess I'm left wondering if I'm reading a rant from the late 1990's.

It's not always so easy to just nuke-n-pave a new machine unless you are planning on installing Linux or happen to have a vanilla copy of Windows with the correct service pack for the OEM license key for your PC hanging around.

I bought a cheap Sony laptop a few years back, came with Vista and all of this shit pre-installed. The only provided way to re-install the OS was via a "recovery" DVD which puts all this shit right back on.

So I uninstall all of this stuff and it occasionally gives me errors complaining that it's missing various things that it expects to be there, so obviously even the uninstall doesn't quite work properly.

And why should one have to reinstall the OS on a brand new machine? I don't need mod or install new firmware on my new car. I don't need to swap parts on my new washer machine.

No, a PC, car, washer machine should just work, as purchased. The idea that a new Windows PC can't be used out of the box just shows how broken the user experience is.

It's like when you buy a picture frame and it comes with a charming picture of someone else's family in it.

So where do you get a virgin copy of Windows without paying for it again?


These ISO's should work on any machine as long as you have a valid Windows 7 Product Key.

I've always bought at least one OEM copy of Windows, or purchased upgrade copies when a new version is released. I picked up three copies of the Windows 7 DVD set (x32 and x64) for $40 each on Amazon, and you can pick up ISO's of Windows 8 directly from Microsoft for $40 a pop.


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