Overclock.net › Forums › Industry News › Hardware News › [InformationWeek] Sony To Offer Notebook Computers Without 'Crapware'
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

[InformationWeek] Sony To Offer Notebook Computers Without 'Crapware'

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
Sony says it will drop the $50 fee it planned to charge customers for removing the trial software and games the company pre-installed in notebooks.

Quote:
When you buy a new computer, it often comes loaded with applications, games, and applets that try to convince you to buy other programs and services. These pieces of software, which can slow the performance of a new machine, are often described as "bloatware" or "crapware."

Computer makers often are paid to include such programs on their machines. Sony, however, came up with a clever idea: Launch a program called "Fresh Start" and convince customers to pay $50 to get a computer without the unwanted and unnecessary software.

Sony reversed course on Friday, shortly after it launched the program, and said it would drop the $50 fee it charged customers for removing the trial software and games the company pre-installed in notebooks.

The consumer electronics company, which launched the paid option on Friday, responded to a query from InformationWeek and said that it would offer the service for free within 24 hours.
Source
post #2 of 7
Actually, $50 to drop ALL (it better be all) the crapware wouldn't be bad. Then you'd end up paying the same price as an OEM windows key that isn't subsidized by the crapware. It sounds pretty fair.

But how does this work, now that they're going to drop the charge? Do you still have to request the no-crapware laptop? Or are they just going to stop including it altogether, whether you ask or not?

Crapware really, REALLY makes computers suck... It should be illegal!
post #3 of 7
When you buy the laptop you get a CD. Reinstall Windows with a differnt XP or Vista CD and use the Key given.
Ishimura
(21 items)
 
Silent Knight
(13 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 3770K @ 4.6GHz ASRock Z77E-ITX eVGA GTX 1080 Ti Hybrid AVEXIR Blitz 1.1 16GB DDR3-2400MHz CL10 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
SanDisk Ultra II 960GB Toshiba X300 5TB Corsair H100i GTX eVGA Hybrid Water Cooler  
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
4x GentleTyphoon AP-15 Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit Philips Brilliance BDM4065UC 4K Razer BlackWidow Chroma  
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
eVGA SuperNOVA 750 G3 Define Nano S Logitech G502 Proteus Core PECHAM Gaming Mouse Pad XX-Large 
AudioAudioAudioAudio
Audioengine D1 DAC Mackie CR Series CR3 Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Sennheiser HD 598 
Audio
Sony XB950BT 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X4 955 @ 4.2GHz ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AMD Radeon HD 7970 3GB @ 1200/1500 2x 4GB G.SKILL Ripjaws X DDR3-1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
OCZ Agility 3 60GB WD Caviar Green 1.5TB 2 x Seagate Barracuda 2TB XSPC Raystorm 
CoolingCoolingOSPower
EK-FC7970 XSPC RS360 Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit Corsair TX750 
Case
NZXT Switch 810  
  hide details  
Reply
Ishimura
(21 items)
 
Silent Knight
(13 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 3770K @ 4.6GHz ASRock Z77E-ITX eVGA GTX 1080 Ti Hybrid AVEXIR Blitz 1.1 16GB DDR3-2400MHz CL10 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
SanDisk Ultra II 960GB Toshiba X300 5TB Corsair H100i GTX eVGA Hybrid Water Cooler  
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
4x GentleTyphoon AP-15 Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit Philips Brilliance BDM4065UC 4K Razer BlackWidow Chroma  
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
eVGA SuperNOVA 750 G3 Define Nano S Logitech G502 Proteus Core PECHAM Gaming Mouse Pad XX-Large 
AudioAudioAudioAudio
Audioengine D1 DAC Mackie CR Series CR3 Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Sennheiser HD 598 
Audio
Sony XB950BT 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X4 955 @ 4.2GHz ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AMD Radeon HD 7970 3GB @ 1200/1500 2x 4GB G.SKILL Ripjaws X DDR3-1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
OCZ Agility 3 60GB WD Caviar Green 1.5TB 2 x Seagate Barracuda 2TB XSPC Raystorm 
CoolingCoolingOSPower
EK-FC7970 XSPC RS360 Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit Corsair TX750 
Case
NZXT Switch 810  
  hide details  
Reply
post #4 of 7
That's what is the worst thing about almost every OEM PC maker out there. They fill their products with tons of bloatware - as if having Norton/McAfee preinstalled wasn't bad enough already.
Desktop
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core 2 E2140 @2.67GHz Abit IP35 Pro Radeon X1900XT 512MB 2x1GB GSkill HZ 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2x500GB Samsung HD501LJ + 2x80GB (1.16TB total) 2 X NEC ND-3550A Windows XP Home 24" Acer LCD (AL2324W) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Saitek Executive PC P&C Silencer 610W AeroCool AeroEngine II w/ 2x140mm intake fans Logitech MX518 
Mouse Pad
Generic foam rubber pad 
  hide details  
Reply
Desktop
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core 2 E2140 @2.67GHz Abit IP35 Pro Radeon X1900XT 512MB 2x1GB GSkill HZ 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2x500GB Samsung HD501LJ + 2x80GB (1.16TB total) 2 X NEC ND-3550A Windows XP Home 24" Acer LCD (AL2324W) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Saitek Executive PC P&C Silencer 610W AeroCool AeroEngine II w/ 2x140mm intake fans Logitech MX518 
Mouse Pad
Generic foam rubber pad 
  hide details  
Reply
post #5 of 7
Quote:
Originally Posted by The Hundred Gunner View Post
Crapware really, REALLY makes computers suck... It should be illegal!
QFTW

IBM had a nice building section where you choose exactly what you want in it, don't know how it's now though, they prob still do it^^
Uhh.. Thing
(19 items)
 
TERA
(22 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
4690K Z97-PRO GAMER ASUS STRIX GTX1070 Corsair Vengeance 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Samsung 830 Pro Samsung 850 EVO Samsung 830 Noctua D15 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 10 x64 Enterprise ASUS VG248QE QPAD MK-50 EVGA 750W G2 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Fractal Design R5 Logitech G502 Some Steelseries thing SupremeFX -> Pioneer VSX-D711-S 5.1 receiver 
AudioAudioOther
Dali Concept 2+SUB E-12F Focusrite Scarlett Solo Logitech G27 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Intel i7 2700k @ 4.5GHz 1.425v with HT enabled ASUS P8Z77-V Gigabyte GTX670 OC Gigabyte GTX670 OC 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Corsair Vengeanve LP White 16GB Corsair Force GT 120GB WD RED SOHO 3TB WD RED SOHO 3TB 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
WD BLACK 4TB Seagate 5900 LP 2TB XSPC Raystorm D5 XSPC RX480 w/ GT AP-13 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
XSPC RX360 w/ GT AP-15 Windows 7 Ultimate x64 DELL U3011 Logitech K800 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair HX1000W Corsair 900D Logitech G500 SARGAS 460 
AudioAudio
Denon AVR-2313 Dali Zensor 7, 5, Vocal 
  hide details  
Reply
Uhh.. Thing
(19 items)
 
TERA
(22 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
4690K Z97-PRO GAMER ASUS STRIX GTX1070 Corsair Vengeance 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Samsung 830 Pro Samsung 850 EVO Samsung 830 Noctua D15 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 10 x64 Enterprise ASUS VG248QE QPAD MK-50 EVGA 750W G2 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Fractal Design R5 Logitech G502 Some Steelseries thing SupremeFX -> Pioneer VSX-D711-S 5.1 receiver 
AudioAudioOther
Dali Concept 2+SUB E-12F Focusrite Scarlett Solo Logitech G27 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Intel i7 2700k @ 4.5GHz 1.425v with HT enabled ASUS P8Z77-V Gigabyte GTX670 OC Gigabyte GTX670 OC 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Corsair Vengeanve LP White 16GB Corsair Force GT 120GB WD RED SOHO 3TB WD RED SOHO 3TB 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
WD BLACK 4TB Seagate 5900 LP 2TB XSPC Raystorm D5 XSPC RX480 w/ GT AP-13 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
XSPC RX360 w/ GT AP-15 Windows 7 Ultimate x64 DELL U3011 Logitech K800 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair HX1000W Corsair 900D Logitech G500 SARGAS 460 
AudioAudio
Denon AVR-2313 Dali Zensor 7, 5, Vocal 
  hide details  
Reply
post #6 of 7
Those 500 support programs + norton trial edition piss me off to no end.

No wonder some people dont want a new computer.. they'd have to deal with that crap.
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel 2500k Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 XFX HD5870 16GB G.Skill RipjawsX 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
60GB OCZ Vertex 3 + 2x TB Seagate LG DVD+RW Stock Intel Windows 7 64bit / OSX Mountain Lion 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell ST2210 + 17" IBM Das Ultimate S Antec TruePower 650W Antec P183 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Logitech MX Revolution X-Trac Ripper Objective 2 + ODAC Combo Sennheiser HD650 + Klipsch 2.1 Promedia 
  hide details  
Reply
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel 2500k Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 XFX HD5870 16GB G.Skill RipjawsX 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
60GB OCZ Vertex 3 + 2x TB Seagate LG DVD+RW Stock Intel Windows 7 64bit / OSX Mountain Lion 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell ST2210 + 17" IBM Das Ultimate S Antec TruePower 650W Antec P183 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Logitech MX Revolution X-Trac Ripper Objective 2 + ODAC Combo Sennheiser HD650 + Klipsch 2.1 Promedia 
  hide details  
Reply
post #7 of 7
i just uninstall all i don't need (including Microsoft Internet Explorer). Then what i cant get rid of (usually Norton, ETC...) i just use this little nifty program called Eraser And it will be permanently deleted.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Hardware News
Overclock.net › Forums › Industry News › Hardware News › [InformationWeek] Sony To Offer Notebook Computers Without 'Crapware'