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“Squeaky-clean Windows”

So you bought a new computer, did you? I can just see you unboxing it ever-so-gently, staunchly guarding it against your children who want to mess with it before you do, and hooking it up so very, very tenderly, making certain that absolutely everything was connected snugly and perfectly. Now, I see you sitting back in your chair, hitting the power button, and admiring that cool little LED that comes on when you turn the system on. Your old computer didn’t have that! Now, I envision you with a half-smile on your face eagerly expecting to have your world rocked by the eat-the-Internet-with-a-spoon-wipe-its-chin-and-ask-for-seconds speed that the teenager salesman at Best Buy promised… only to find out that it’s… slow.

Would you like to know why?


No, I didn’t misspell it, and I’m not being funny. It’s really called bloatware.

Have you noticed how cheap(ly built) computers are these days? There’s no question that prices have plummeted in recent years. Wal-Mart routinely advertises brand-new laptops for $300–which on a personal note, is insanely hard to compete with. There are at least two primary reasons why these laptops are advertised and sold so inexpensively. I will briefly talk about one this time, and will come back to the other in a future post.

Bloatware – This is the primary reason why your brand-new system is so slow. Companies like Dell, HP, Acer, etc. all contract with software companies to include their software on all of their new systems. That’s why there are always at least 100 10 icons on the desktop on a brand-new computer. Netflix, Norton Antivirus, eBay, Computer Associates–there is no telling what type of software your supposed brand-new computer is going to come prepackaged with. All of that JUNK comes preloaded on your computer just like the Super Bowl comes prepackaged with disturbing weird commercials and sports games are littered with banners and advertisements everywhere.

This is also one of the reasons why Computer Depot’s custom-built computers and laptops are such a better alternative to the big box retail PC’s. None of our systems come with bloatware. The only software you are going to find on your squeaky-clean, custom-built computer is 1) Windows and all High Priority updates, 2) Software to burn CD’s and DVD’s, 3) Adobe Reader and Flash Player, and 4) a word processor for creating documents, and 5) an antivirus. Your Computer Depot custom-built computer will hum along just as fast as its silicon feet can carry it, unbothered and unhindered by heavy, useless, and annoying bloatware.

FYI, Clean reinstallations of Windows can be done to any PC. If you would like us to format your hard drive and install a clean copy of Windows, we can do it. We do it all the time, and I don’t mind telling you that we are both very fast and very good at it. I truly believe you will be glad you did it. You can unlock the true potential of your PC with a clean install of Windows, and finally get rid of all that trash software that you didn’t even use anyway.

Au revoir,

Scott Davis
Store Manager Powell Location

Caleb Humphries

Tech Specialist and Creative Developer. It's all about music, break/fix, network architecture, and old video games with me.