June 04, 2012, 11:44 AM —
For $99, a Microsoft store will erase bloatware and install a "Signature" operating system version on your computer, with a special desktop look and better performance.
The hangup is there are only 17 Microsoft stores now open, but the number will bump up to 21 soon. Detailed in All Things D, the "Signature Upgrade" process takes a 24 to 48 hours, and replaces the hardware OEM's Windows installation, full of trial software, with an optimized set of drivers. Users can order name-brand computers configured with the Signature OS from the stores or online at the Microsoft Store.
However, Microsoft leaves some of their own bloatware on their Signature systems, including free email, photo and video programs, Zune music, and a starter version of Office. The stores will take those off if customers demand their removal. Included is 90 days of free phone support to augment the free in-store Answer Desks.
Works for me
It's actually a pretty decent price when compared to what you'd pay most computer service providers to do the same work.
gdinero on arstechnica.com
Let me see if I get this right. They are charging 90 bucks for you to get rid of bloatware, that you didn't want in the first place. Seems legit.
Mike Becker on http://allthingsd.com/20120515/microsoft-gives-windows-a-clean-sweep/
Why does this sound like the very definition of a scam? You save a few bucks on the price of a PC because of the money paid to the manufacturer to allow the junk to be installed, and then you pay several times that amount to Microsoft to remove the same junk and give you custom wallpaper.
Dennis Barr on computerworld.com
Apple does it for free in their retail stores.
spacerabbit on arstechnica.com
I know a few people I'd rather point to this than have them calling me asking to do the same.
Max_Patlick on arstechnica.com
When you do this for family and friends, what do you charge? Or do you work out a barter of some kind?