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Windows 7: Hall of Shame - by Ed Bott

29 Apr 2011   #1
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 
Hall of Shame - by Ed Bott

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Iím in the process of rebuilding a PC hereóblowing out dust, upgrading some hardware, restoring the OS to factory-new condition, and installing fresh copies of apps I use regularly.

Along the way, I keep running into a sleazy trick that some software vendors play, and Iíve finally reached the breaking point. I am sick and tired of companies that try to make a quick buck by tricking their customers into installing software they donít need. Iím experienced enough to bypass this stuff most of the time, but many of my friends and family members arenít. And guess who gets the call when some add-on or toolbar has slowed their system to a crawl?
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29 Apr 2011   #2
z3r010

 

I wonder if Ed Bott would work for free, the options are there not to install the toolbars etc and without this freeware funding most programs would cost us all money and there would be millions more virus ridden PC's due to all the extra cracks used.
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29 Apr 2011   #3
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by z3r010 View Post
I wonder if Ed Bott would work for free, the options are there not to install the toolbars etc and without this freeware funding most programs would cost us all money and there would be millions more virus ridden PC's due to all the extra cracks used.
Perhaps, but it is still really irritating.

~Lordbob
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29 Apr 2011   #4
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by z3r010 View Post
I wonder if Ed Bott would work for free, the options are there not to install the toolbars etc and without this freeware funding most programs would cost us all money and there would be millions more virus ridden PC's due to all the extra cracks used.


The program developers have to cover their costs somehow in order to provide the programs for free. I don't think it's to much trouble to have to uncheck a simple box during the program's installation in order to get the program for free. It just requires actually reading everything while installing to do so.
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29 Apr 2011   #5
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
It just requires actually reading everything while installing to do so.
This is the problem though.

While I can understand that it covers costs, I still find it really irritating...


~Lordbob
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29 Apr 2011   #6
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

LOL, true, but it's a minor trade-off to uncheck them to get it for free.
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29 Apr 2011   #7
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
LOL, true, but it's a minor trade-off to uncheck them to get it for free.
I suppose this is true, and since I read it it's not a big deal

~Lordbob
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29 Apr 2011   #8
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

maybe you shouldn't be installing software if you just blindly click 'next'...'next' and can't be bothered to read the screens...
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29 Apr 2011   #9
johnwillyums

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

" It just requires actually reading everything while installing."

Agreed; but a lot of non-geeks don't, or don't realize they don't need all these tool-bars etc. They don't really know that it's not part of what I've recommended they download and install.Then they get back to me saying how do I get rid of this tool bar? or, can you come round and put my home screen back the way it was? etc.

I take your point that these little guys need to make some money for providing us with great free software but what's Adobe's excuse? J
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29 Apr 2011   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I always tell everybody to go with the custom installation and not the (recommended) default. But many think that is too "advanced" for them. Then I tell them you have to be either rich (so that you can buy the programs) or smart (so that you can deal with the free offerings). But being poor and dumb is not a good combination - that, of course, I do not say. LOL
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