Windows Vista Craplets from Manufacturers

Read an article today about how Microsoft is worried about “craplets” being installed on new pc’s with Windows Vista installed, and, if the user has a bad experience, they would of course blame Microsoft. The craplets have been described as those extra programs manufacturers like Dell, Toshiba, Gateway, Sony and others install on new computers for a fee. Some may not be compatible with Vista and could cause problems they say. I’m sure most of the big problems will have already been figured out, if they do any testing at all, so this is probably just some spin to get manufacturers to stop the practice. In my opinion, that would be a great idea, some of them border on being spyware anyway.

In a discussion Tuesday night at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the Microsoft official told CBC News Online, on condition of anonymity, that the world’s largest software maker is frustrated by legal shackles that prevent the company from restricting what kinds of software major computer makers install on new PCs.

“We can’t do anything about it because it would be illegal,” the executive said in reference to restrictions placed on the company following a U.S. federal anti-trust lawsuit against the company. Source: ‘Craplets’ could damage Vista launch: Microsoft exec

My advice, if a computer manufacturer gives you the option to not install this tuff, take it, I have never used any of the extra software that is installed, and probably never will. If the manufacturer doesn’t offer this option, here are programs that will help you clean it off with out completely reinstalling the operating system. I myself would rather reload it, but this script should work fine for just such a thing, and this Dell Decrapifier script is modifiable to allow you to adapt it to other brands of computers.