Vista is an asshole

Posted 8 years ago by Evan Tishuk

Day one with Microsoft Vista and I've now spent several hours simply removing the crap that's been installed: Norton Anti-virus, Unnecessary Toolbars, Travelocity pop-ups, Quickbooks, Napster. But the worst by far has been AOL. It's not listed in the Add/Remove programs list. And I had to follow a 20 step procedure to remove it. Minus 20 karma points from Microsoft for being a whore. I'll bet Bill Gates or Steve Ballmer don't use AOL, why on Earth would they inflict me with it?

7 Comments

linkerjpatrick ~ 8 years ago

Are those thing coming preinstalled with Vista or a Vista install from a vendor like HP or Dell? People think I use Macs because I hate Microsoft and that's not true. Yes, Windows in not my preferred OS. I have XP on my Macs and don't really have any problems with it. However it the past when I have gotten Windows based computers from the big vendors I've had to delete a lot of crap as well. That being said I have helped clients, friends and family trouble shoot their Vista based computers and I hate it every time but I'm ok with XP and I'm greatly encouraged by what I'm hearing about XP SP3.

This past weekend I tried helping my brother with his Vista laptop and and couldn't figure out how to fix his problems (extreme slowness and he couldn't connect to the iTunes store to download podcasts) For fun I put in an Ubuntu Live CD and it ran faster as a Live CD than his Windows installed on his hard drive! That being said something could have been wonky with his hard drive but more than likely is was some third party software causing conflicts.

Evan Tishuk ~ 8 years ago

It's a Sony VAIO. I guess to be fair, it could have been Sony's fault for installing AOL. Vista is still an asshole though. If microsoft had a brand to protect anymore, they ought to have made OEM's sign a contract that they'd not install shitty third party software on their machines.

I just got finished deleting all the AOL registry keys now. What a ridiculous process. AOL on Vista is like having a malfunctioning gall bladder. It's a vistigal organ you don't really need, it spits bile and causes stomach problems, and can be removed only after painful invasive surgery.

BTW: I installed SP3 (Beta) on my other laptop. Nothing really changed that much -- except that I get kicked off my office's network with much more regularity.

olivier blanchard ~ 8 years ago

Yep. Blame someone along the distribution channel for that one. Microsoft probably doesn't have anything to do with the software bundling that OEMs or distributors plug into their machines before selling them to the public.

I feel your pain.

OneCare is coming out soon. It's going to be pretty clutch if you're running Vista on a network.

Adam Gautsch ~ 8 years ago

Yeah, I'd blame Sony and not Microsoft for most of that crap.

WWH says he always reformats a new computer before he does anything so he is working with a true clean install. Seems to be a decent game plan to me.

Mike Gowan ~ 8 years ago

I managed to guide my mom through about five setup windows, in Vista, to change the dns numbers to the Opendns ones. Over the phone.

Then, I went to Disneyland.

jimmy ~ 8 years ago

not a microsoft problem, definitely the computer vendor.

Evan Tishuk ~ 8 years ago

Okay. Okay. Sony and AOL are assholes.

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