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reply to Name Game
Re: Acer puts Active X hole on laptops
said by Name Game:
My advice to anyone who buys a new PC or laptop especially some of those Dell's
would be to wipe it clean, reformat the whole drive and then have a tech reinstall the OS..nowdays all those "manufactures" put so much junk on the machine you are really buying a can of spam and junk third party proggies..unstable machines..and not just the hardware. No user will ever be in full control of the machine until the do.
said by jansson_mark:I learned long ago to order recovery CDs when purchasing computers from Dell. I've also purchased computers "off the shelf" from Wal*Mart.
Unfortunally some manufactorers/resellers do NOT provide you with clean install XP cdroms, but rather their OWN restore cdroms...or in some cases simply some bizarre "recovery feature" (like hidden image stored in unpartitioned hdd space) that can only be activated with some bizarre programX inside the computer. This sucks. Really.
All what I want from manufactorer is XP:s install cdrom and possibly the drivers disk (or simply mentions about what drivers are needed). Thats all I need.
HP (Hewlett Packard) is the worse for loading it's junk on the same CD as the operating system. I've had the misfortune of owning two HP OEM computers and both recovery CDs included Back Web, AOL Free Trial Offers, etc. This useless garbage is reinstalled when the operating system is reinstalled.
Dell, however, only includes the operating system on their Recovery CD and none of the Dell-branded junk. Drivers are on another CD. In September, I purchased another Dell computer and even before that computer ever connected to the internet, the hard drive was wiped clean and the operating system reloaded. No junk was reinstalled along with the operating system.