Microsoft Signature PCs

If you purchased a new Windows computer in the last few years, you may be aware that many (most?) manufacturers load them up with "value add" items; software of various kinds, usually limited time trial versions. The willy-nilly installation of this flotsam and jetsam can actually slow the computer down, and a bit of a cottage industry has arisen out of "de-crapifying" your computer. Indeed, apparently even Microsoft is in on the act; they are offering "Signature PCs" at their Microsoft Stores - in order to let you experience a more pristine Windows (for a fee). Microsoft giveth, and Microsoft taketh away...

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