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    • Mr. Faranheit
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    Sony to charge $50 to not install bloatware

    http://www.engadget.com/2008/03/21/s...build-your-la/

    Sony has quite the history of crippling excellent, beautiful hardware with horrible, useless software. The company's UX UMPC bluescreened on us the first time we turned it on, and crashed the first time we tried to shut it down thanks to all the bloatware on it, while a Laptop Mag review says their Vaio TZ ran "as if it were broken" before they managed to wipe it clean. Lucky for us, it appears Sony is finally seeing the error of its ways, but instead of removing the crapware altogether, Sony has the nerve to offer a $50 "Fresh Start" option, which "scrubs" the machine clean before shipping it your way. At the moment you can only configure the TZ2000 crapware-free, but hopefully Sony will be rolling out the choice to the rest of its laptops soon. Or here's an idea, Sony: stop trying to milk profits and start giving consumers laptops that actually work out of the box.
    So lame of them to charge for this feature.
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    Re: Sony to charge $50 to not install bloatware

    Ok, that was a fast reversal...

    http://gizmodo.com/370660/sony-has-t...on-your-new-pc

    "Starting March 22, Sony will offer Fresh Start free of charge. We want VAIO users to have the best experience possible with our PCs, and we believe Fresh Start will help ensure that happens right out-of-the-box."
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    Re: Sony to charge $50 to not install bloatware

    Cool. I have a Sony laptop and I thinK I've managed to get rid of most of the extra crap they put on it. I need a list of everything though that I can delete to free things up to make sure I didn't miss anything.

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