The latest generation of small business desktops we have had through our workshop are awful. I have had my differences with HP in the past but this really is the final straw.
The Hardware is itself is fine, no complaints here, you get what you pay for. What Isn’t fine is the huge amount of shovelware that comes on the machine by default, some of which have broken installers. Then to add salt to the wound they removed the some of the standard fonts so that most text is italic by default.
The best solution to this is just to wipe the machine clean, thanks for that added value admin overhead right there HP. Lets take a look at the list of exciting software that comes pre-installed:
This is a plugin for outlook that enables you to do “lightning fast searches”. Guess what, Outlook 2010 already includes indexed searches that integrate with Windows 7. All this is doing is taking up a good chunk of screen space and performance. Worse than that, more often than not the built in uninstaller doesn’t actually remove it so you have to use a product like Revo Uninstaller to do it. Thanks HP
A collaboration platform. Luckily this is just a shortcut so you can huddle it directly in to the recycle bin. Thanks HP
Ebook Reader. We want people to work at work not to read books at work. The fact that it is an anagram of book makes me hate it even more. Uninstall. Thanks HP
Another Ebook Reader. This one specialises in newspapers. We want people to do their work not read page 3 of The Sun. Uninstall. Thanks HP
Yet another Ebook Reader. This one apparently is good for magazines like national geographic. We want people to do their work not look at Honey Badgers. Uninstall. Thanks HP
My mind boggles why this is on Business workstations, it even comes with over a dozens of games. I like Peggle as much as the next man but come this is just giving people a reason to slack. Uninstall and tick a check box for every game when you uninstall it. Thanks HP
PDF Complete Special Edition
Used for creating PDFs, that sounds ok doesn’t it? The Special Edition however does a watermark on all of the PDFs you create with it. Yeah that’s useful. Thanks HP
HP Advisor Dock
Dispite licensing the technology from Stardock this is a oversized pain in the arse. At best this tells you information that is already available to you in another form. Uninstall. Thanks HP
HP Protect Tools
A suite of tools for protecting. Mostly it just hangs around on your desktop making you despise it.
if everything is in italics it looks stylish doesn’t it? Well some %$£& at HP decided it did and so removed the regular versions of Arial and Verdana from the built-in windows fonts. By doing this it forces a lot of programs to go slanty. The major problem with this is that quite a few programs call on these, for example if you try to do a report from Sage Accounts it will try to call up Verdana Regular. As the font has been removed for the crimes it has committed against style the reports will fail. Copy the correct font files from another PC. Thanks HP