Microsoft Pledges to Keep Windows 10 Bloatware-Free
Junkware continues to be a problem for Windows users worldwide who purchase OEM-branded computers that come with a pre-installed version of the operating system, but Microsoft is looking into ways to tackle this with the release of Windows 10.
Microsoft has recently announced that Windows 10 will offer users more storage space because the recovery image that manufacturers usually pre-install on their computers will no longer be used for refreshing or resetting the operating system.
But with this decision, Microsoft actually kills two birds with one stone. First of all, users will indeed benefit from more space because the recovery image, which could take up to 30 GB in some cases, will no longer be stored on the local drives.
And secondly, if the manufacturer-provided recovery image is no longer used, this means that junkware won’t be there after restoring the operating system in case something bad happens.
But in this case, apps that do nothing more than to slow down your computer might actually be there when you purchase your computer. What Microsoft does is only to remove the recovery image, so manufacturers will continue to be responsible for the pre-installed copy of the operating system.In other words, trial versions of anti-virus products, error diagnosis software, and tuneup applications might live on on new computers, but once you reset the Windows installation, they could all be gone and let you use the system as you were supposed to from the very beginning.
Unsurprisingly, removing junkware from Windows 10 devices is one of the most voted user requests on UserVoice right now, with more than 2,300 people calling for Microsoft to work with manufacturers in order to make sure that useless apps are no longer installed on their computers.
“Crapwares and bloatwares were a way for OEMs to get money because they felt they were paying to much for Windows. It is clearly not the case anymore and they should be prevented to provide any additional software on top of Windows,” the user request reads.
Windows 10 is projected to be launched in the second half of the year, so expect new improvements in this regard to be announced in the coming months.