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Dell Flushes Crapware from New PCs

Dell Flushes Crapware from New PCs

by , 1:30 PM EDT, June 25th, 2007

Bloatware, also called crapware, has been the bane of new PC buyers. Now, Dell has announced that all the pre-configured software, bloatware, will be a configuration item at the time of purchase, according to C|Net on Monday.

"When you configure a system on Dell.com, you [now] have the option of choosing 'No software pre-installed' for things like productivity software, ISP software and photo and music software," Michelle Pearcy, Dell's worldwide client software manager, said.

Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal brought the issue of bloatware to a boiling point back in April, and Apple subsequently produced a Get A Mac ad pointing it out as a major PC irritant.

However, some software will remain on new Dell systems. Trial versions of anti-virus software, the Adobe Reader and Google tools will still be installed.

Dell made the decision after customers made bloatware a major issue on Dell's IdeaStorm Website.

  

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