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Toshiba's bloatware keeps the system running

Delete at your peril
Wed Dec 12 2007, 14:30

CONSUMERIST magazine is reporting how Toshiba is warning punters not to delete any bloatware that comes with its machines.

One customer found that his nice shiny new Tosh started to get a blue screen of death after he uninstalled the bloatware which came with the machine.

Upon calling customer services he was accused of breaking his computer by attempting to uninstall all the bits and bobs that came with it.

The miffed consumer relates how asked the level-two techie if he knew what bloatware was. The techie said not only did he know what bloatware was, he also knew that the computer is broken because he tried to uninstall it.

Toshiba then contrived to send the bloke's new hard drive to the wrong address and "forgot" to schedule a tech to come install it.

One of the readers of the article seems to think that the bloatware is actually wired into Vista. If you delete the software you take out some important Vista files too. µ


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