Lambert M. SurhoneISBN: 978-6-1329-2485-8;
Pre-installed software is the software already installed and licensed on a computer bought from an original equipment manufacturer (OEM). Purchasing hardware and software together is cost-effective, and discounts are possible from OEMs on bulk orders. Pre-installation provides the convenience of turnkey solution, when the user does not have to worry about installation of various commonly used software, such as operating system or word processors. Often new computers come with pre-installed software which the manufacturer was paid to include but is of dubious value to the purchaser. Such unwanted preinstalled software and advertisements are derogatorily called craplets, a portmanteau of crap and applet, and crapware. In January 2007, an unnamed executive spokesman for Microsoft expressed concern that the Windows Vista launch might be damaged by poorly designed, uncertified third-party applications installed by vendors — "We call them...
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