Your logic is impeccable there FL. Sell a program that got entrnched by being packed with the OS, then charged for, then charged to upgrade then charged for portions of and now tries to take over your pc and becomes obsolete in a year or two whereyou can pony up more big bucks to upgrade.
Truly, this is evil.
I'll say it is! My mother had a trial version on her HP notebook, and had no end of trouble with it.
Trial version my arse!!! First off it wouldn't let her open or create documents without first registering it, and when she tried to do that everything went as planned until the 'Buy Now' button, which could NOT be bypassed, detoured around or got over... under, either.
In essence, then, this trial of Office Professional was a useless POS.... and mother couldn't uninstall it, so I advised her to use OpenOffice until she visited from the UK and I could do it for her. Yeah, well I did that... and freed up 22gb of space uninstalling that and a load of other bloatware. Yup 22 gb of crapware on a 120gb drive... by the time the OS (Vista Home Premuim) was accounted for (16gb), she only had 82 gb left.
No wonder the damned thing was running so slow! By the time she had installed the proggies she wanted, and had added the photos and video she wanted us to see, there was no free drive space left. Yup, it was barely groaning along (and it's never going to be super fast with a 1.66ghz Celeron and non-upragadable on-board graphics), but after cleaning off all that junk (damned Office trial, GRRRR), doing a bit of maintenance and adding another gig of RAM, at least it boots up in under an hour now... by about 59 minutes 35 seconds, to be a little more precise.
After doing all that I got to thinking: "What the F**K was HP thinking: loading that much crapware onto a system with just a 1.66 Celeron, 1gb of Ram, a 6400GS GPU and a 120gb drive?" Seems to me they were thinking: "Let's hope the f**k she doesn't know anything about it so she will constantly be in paying us to make it go for her."
I love having my mother come visit, that's real special, but I just hope that she doesn't come all this way (UK to Australia) next time she has puter issues... cos it works out to be a mighty expensive service.