I hate those pre-installed utilities on a new system.

@Asylum (46826)
Manchester, England
October 12, 2012 10:42am CST
Why do the computer manufacturers insist on installing so many small third party utilities on a new computer or laptop? Naturally it is logical to expect the operating system and programs to be pre-installed, but nowadays they tend to install a myriad of Google apps from gadgets to toolbars. They also insist on installing trial versions of programs such as Microsoft Office and Anti virus programs. These trials are always time limited to a few months and of little value to the average customer, but they probably get paid for dumping this junk on the computer, which we then have the task of removing. They also have a hidden non DOS partition to house the restoration image, so you can restore the laptop to factory defaults if necessary, but the problem is that this image will then restore all the stuff that you have painstakingly removed. I usually configure the computer to my liking and create my own image to restore from, but many people may find this difficult to do. It really annoys me that after I have paid for the computer they accept money from others for dumping all these little utilities and trial programs onto it.
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@chiyosan (29388)
• Philippines
18 Oct 12
Hehe same here, i also do not like the pre installed utilities and softwares in the laptop or even in my cellular phones. i do not use the gps nor the map and i do not use other free apps but i i cannot remove them... and then i am unable to also free up my space.
@Asylum (46826)
• Manchester, England
18 Oct 12
The free space is obviously much more critical for a mobile phone due to the limited capacity that the majority start with. I am fortunate that my Nokia N8 has 16 Gb of storage native on the phone. I believe that it will also accommodate a 32 Gb card to expand the storage space, but since I am unlikely to ever use the original amount of space provided it would be pointless to add a card. On a computer it is the fact of having all this junk on my system, which I never asked for in the first place.
@bloodmask (590)
• India
16 Oct 12
What you started a good one. Well most of them preinstalled I don't use a lot, and some of them waste my hardware space and uses my useful RAM for other apps. These preconfigure apps takes a lot of space what is not requiered by some at all. Well this problem is not limited to PCs at all this problem is presistent in my phone too. I recntly bought nokia and it has this blue f logo that I don't use and Can't unistall at all. It takes a good space around 2 MB and that I could have used for my other use. I would prefer just OS not any other useless tool Let the user decide for what they want to use. NOw internet is cheaper than ever so let them decide and download or install. Why they decide what we want.
@voldrox (7205)
• India
16 Oct 12
That is probably something we can never expect to come free of. Like in cell phones these days too the carriers install so many bloatwares in them. And most of them that we either don't need or don't bother about. But fortunately in phones and also in the computers we can create our own custom image, only thing it is a bit different in phones and they need to be hacked, but it is a bit easier in the computer but still the mainstream people are not that acquainted with their computers to perform the task.
@Asylum (46826)
• Manchester, England
16 Oct 12
I had forgotten about the scenario with mobile phones, but yes they do tend to be doing the same thing lately. I do not really care about the space used by these programs because it is usually very little, I just hate having such an untidy system and immediately get rid of anything I do not want. I always clear out the junk, set up my own programs and then configure the computer to my own liking and create a backup image which I store externally. This allows me to restore to exactly the state I chose with ease. After about 18 months I usually restore the system, update it again and create a new image due to the upgrading of several programs. The problem is, as you pointed out, many people do find this difficult.
@subhojit10 (7384)
• India
12 Oct 12
Thanks for posting this discussion. Well yes u are correct, there are many applications that are being advised to us while getting a new laptop or a computer and i think that takes a lot of memory and space from it. No doubt they are crucial to them but i think that technology should be such that they are already inbuilt and we need not to install them thereby saving space and memory. What say?
@Asylum (46826)
• Manchester, England
12 Oct 12
I was really referring to the small programs that many of us do not use and would not have installed by choice. I find it ludicrous that I have to spend a lot of time cleaning up the system on a new computer.