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Old 10-12-2007, 12:53 PM
 
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If the machine is different than the one you ordered why don't you just send it back and request one configured the way you ordered it?
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Old 10-16-2007, 02:14 AM
 
Location: Fairbanks Alaska
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My experience over the years with Gateway and Dell is if you want a junk free computer order the small business version. Avoid the warehouse / big box store computers, they are full of junk and offers too.
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Old 10-21-2007, 11:16 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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My experience over the years with Gateway and Dell is if you want a junk free computer order the small business version. Avoid the warehouse / big box store computers, they are full of junk and offers too.
That's what I ended up doing just a little less than a month ago with this current computer. I ordered a Dell Vostro 200 mini tower from the Small Business section of Dell's website. What prompted me to buy this particular computer was that at the time, there was a $270 discount off the regular price AND I was able to have Windows XP Professional pre-installed instead of Vista.

However, when I finally got the computer and set it up, I discovered that I needed to uninstall some software I felt was not essential, like Google Desktop and Toolbar. At least it wasn't as full of "crapware" as a regular consumer-oriented product.
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Old 10-21-2007, 11:35 PM
 
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However, when I finally got the computer and set it up, I discovered that I needed to uninstall some software I felt was not essential, like Google Desktop and Toolbar. At least it wasn't as full of "crapware" as a regular consumer-oriented product.
Any computer you get from a company like Dell/HP/Compaq, etc will have the crapware added...it's how they manage to keep the cost low. By added the extra JUNK hoping that people will by the applications if they add the trial ware to the computers. Most don't but enough do to keep them doing it. If Norton had to rely on people just going out and purchasing their product, they would not be as big as they are but most people's first exposure to anti virus software is the Norton trial on their computer. They figure it's there, it must be good. It's one of the first things *I* uninstall and add my own to it but I am not your average consumer. Liz
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