Wow! I had no idea that this little script would generate so much interest! The last few days have been quite busy for the website. I’ve been reading over all of the comments, and I just wanted to respond to some of them. I also would like to elaborate a little further with some specific ways people can help contribute to the script if they would like.
I got a lot of comments that wiping and reinstalling the OS (from a non crap-infested disc) is a better solution. Well, of course it is, if you have the disc and the time. I also got a lot of comments around various ways you can get original install media from Dell. Some, I had no idea existed. This one particular comment that showed up on Digg from dnatural18 was very interesting.
“If you order over the phone (a sin, I know, but) you can tell them not to preinstall any of the software. They just install the drivers and a few Dell customizations like the “Phone Home and get help” program, but for the most part they do respect your wishes for a clean windows install.”
The very fact that there was such a wide variety of comments on this topic shows that it’s confusing and inconsistent at best. Dell (and others) obviously have an interest in getting this spam software on your PC, so they’re not going to make it convienent to opt-out of having it on your PC.
For all the people that have said “you should buy a Mac” or “Don’t buy a Dell” or “I know how to install Linux.” I like Linux just as much as the next fan. I’m running it on two machines myself, but you’ve totally missed the point. Please move on to another website.
Another comment I really liked on the Digg site was by gothamcityprjct.
“Dell is the Walmart of the computer world. Love it or hate it, they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.”
So, enough with that, let’s get back to business. I’ve made a couple changes to the script based on some of your comments. I added an initial dialog box that warns you that the uninstall process is about to start. It gives you 15 seconds to abort. Otherwise it will continue.
I also made an attempt to have a forced “continue to next step” button. Parts of the script rely on waiting for specific dialog boxes to appear and then automatically pressing a button. If this changes on another PC, the script may not “see” the expected dialog. So, if this happens, you can manually press the correct button and then press the “Next Step” button in the De-Crapifier.
See the next page for contribution tips.