“Craplets” and Windows Vista might not mix

January 11th, 2007

This is an interesting article from CBC News:

A senior Microsoft Corp. executive says the company is concerned that uncertified third-party software loaded onto new computers by manufacturers could hurt the launch of consumer versions of its Windows Vista operating system later this month.


The concern arises from third-party software that hardware makers commonly install on new computers in exchange for a fee, many of which have not been tested and certified by Microsoft to work with Vista, the executive said. They include things such as links to online services, and demo versions of programs.

"We call them craplets," the official said. The term is a contraction of the words "crap" and "applet." An applet is a small computer program or application.


"They could work fine, or they could cause huge problems," the Microsoft source said. "The problem is that we just don't know. And if someone buys a Vista PC and has a problem, they're going to blame Windows."

What most people don't know is that a clean install of Windows on a PC (pick a version, I'm not just taking about Vista here) has always been very robust and reliable.  Most of what makes a PC shaky is installed after Windows.  Drivers, software, demos and trials, poor security software ... the junk adds up.  More and more OEMs are pre-loading new PCs with this junk so users never get to feel how good a fresh install of Windows feels.

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2 Responses to ““Craplets” and Windows Vista might not mix”

  1. marblecake.org.uk » Blog Archive » My New Favourite Word Says:

    [...] My first post of the year and I’m being grumpy (a bit) already! One of my gripes about when we get a new computer is the crud the pc manufacturer has put on it - makes me feel like the first thing I need to do is a clean install of Windows, which is daft. Anyway, there’s an added caveat (sp?) to this in that these programs may not actually work with Windows Vista! The article has also provided me with my new favourite word: ‘Craplets’. Craplets. Craplets. And indeed, craplets. [...]

  2. » My MacBook Pro Experience - Day 26 | Hardware 2.0 | ZDNet.com Says:

    [...] As for the Mac OS itself, I've been quite surprised as to how much I've warmed to it.  There's a simplicity to it that I find comforting.  What can I say about it apart from "it just works".  I appreciate how clean the notebook is - there's no craplets to uninstall or get in the way of the Mac experience.  To be honest, this MacBook was set up for me by the kind folks at Apple who loaned it to me, so I'm not sure how much setting up there is when you get a new MacBook.  As a rule I buy notebooks without operating systems on them and set them up myself and I've done this so many times that it's almost second nature.  If Apple had given me a Mac OS X disc I would have gone through an install process to see what it's like, but since I don't have one, I can't. [...]