Hello batti5 welcome to the forums,
Microsoft won't ever give the option to install 3rd party software as standard. Do linux offer the chance to install Internet Explorer? Or Mandriva 2009 Spring the option to install Media Player?
There is an option under Control Panel->Programs->Turn Windows features on or off to remove Internet Explorer, Media Player & Others. This option does not completely uninstall them but it does hide all files so you don't have access to them.