The Windows OS: Are Ads and Bloatware Taking Over?

The Frustrations of Buying and Using a Windows Computer


Buying a new computer can be an exciting experience, especially if it has been a few years since the last purchase. However, a recent post on social media highlights the frustrations experienced by one user who purchased a Lenovo Ideapad from Costco for approximately $500. The post reveals how the Windows OS is riddled with ads, bloatware, and multiple license agreements with questionable services that consumers may or may not need.

The user goes on to explain how, after turning on the laptop, there were not one but two license agreements to read and agree to, one from Microsoft and the other from Lenovo. The Lenovo agreement was a concatenation of several license agreements that seemed to go on forever, and attempting to read it all would take up significant time. The user also goes on to detail how the Windows OS wants users to sign up for a Microsoft account, and it is not easy to create a local account without jumping through hoops.

Additionally, the user highlights the ad-filled OS, which has a default Red Bull wallpaper and Edge’s landing page fills with ads. The post points out that these ads are particularly egregious, given that Microsoft wants their OS to operate in the enterprise, where ads are not generally acceptable. The frustrations don’t end there; the OS also has a significant issue with latency due to the overloaded start menu.

One of the concerns raised by the post is that Microsoft no longer makes as much money from their OS licenses as they used to. As such, they have to rely on other revenue streams, such as ads, to maintain profitability. While this may be understandable from a business standpoint, it is not ideal from a consumer’s perspective.

Given these frustrations, the post suggests that using Linux may be a better option. However, the user acknowledges that this can have its own issues, such as ad-filled versions of Ubuntu and flatpaks. The post concludes by stating that Microsoft needs to improve its OS, so it doesn’t become “adware clutter for the system.”

Overall, the post highlights the significant issues that people can face when they purchase a new Windows computer. It points out that the OS is no longer as user-friendly as it once was, and there seems to be a growing reliance on ads and bloatware to increase revenue. For consumers who want to avoid these frustrations, the post suggests using Linux or possibly older versions of Windows.

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