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Dell To Offer 'None' Option For Bundled Apps?

One of my biggest beefs with Dell is that you HAVE to select one of their options for the "crapware" that's bundled with a new computer. Well, hopefully that will soon change. During the Featured Communities Lunch with Jim Allchin @ CES, Jim said that he talked to a Dell executive, and that they're going to look into offering "clean" Vista computers for sale by adding a "none" option to each software selection. Mary Jo Foley corroborated this with another Dell executive later in the show.

Let's hope that I won't have to do a clean install of Vista immediately after I get my girlfriend her new Vista laptop. Thanks, Jim!



  • Rob said:


    January 25, 2007 4:01 PM
  • bluvg said:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!  This is fantastic news.

    January 25, 2007 4:16 PM
  • Thomas said:

    I hope other follow their example.

    January 25, 2007 4:23 PM
  • stubear said:

    I hope this change happens when they launch Vista because I'm getting ready to purchase an M2010 and I'd like to not have to worry about removing all the silly graphic apps and little useless utilities before I install Adobe CS2 and the Production Suite.

    January 25, 2007 10:35 PM
  • Brad said:

    Good job Dell!  I found so much junk on my computer when I bought it from them that I popped in the XP CD, reformatted, and reinstalled.  I only wish they had given this option earlier.

    January 25, 2007 11:21 PM
  • anonymous said:

    I wont whine but even if they dont bundle apps, they'll still bundle driver-related unnecessary software and ugly customizations which I never like. An OEM copy can never be as "pure" as a clean retail install.

    January 27, 2007 2:01 AM
  • Rob said:

    Alas, it is not true. Dell has Vista systems available now....and they come with junk you can't get rid of.

    January 27, 2007 6:00 AM