Also agreeing to set MSN as your homepage with the install bloats the download size from a svelte 286kb for the DX web installer to 2.4mb (just to set a homepage!?). Way to completely defeat the purpose of providing a small installer by bundling in crap.
This has my support :)
If you had it at the end you'll get very low participation rates. If you're installing DirectX it's because you are trying to play a game, so an additional screen to the effect of 'would you like to play your game now or in 5 minutes' will result in everyone picking the 'play game now' option and nothing being installed.
From Microsoft it is a malicious software removal tool.
From just about anyone else it is a malicious software removal tool.
I never saw any articles about it at the time. I just remember it always being in my Windows Update list and I was sick of it. Windows Update in my mind should generally be for OS and software updates, and not for software that Microsoft is looking to push.
Which is funny, because I'm a Windows guy who works in the Microsoft stack.
I really wish MS would give up on pushing MSN and Bing. They're just terrible products. Shame their good products get mixed in with them.