Pay Dell to remove Windows Components

I like to browse to Dell’s website and configure a top-of-the-line/state-of-the-art/bleeding-edge computer just to see what someone with gobs of disposable cash (aka NOT ME) can buy.

I ran into these configuration options:

Microsoft Component Configuration
[ ] Hide Microsoft Outlook Express [ Add $1.66 ]
[ ] Remove Microsoft Games [ Add $1.66 ]
[ ] Hide Microsoft Legacy Communications [ Add $1.66 ]
[ ] Sets (sic) wallpaper to blank [ Add $0.00 ]

I’m not sure which is worse, that they’ll charge you to remove features from their already bloated operating system build *or* that there’s an option to remove the wallpaper.

Are end-users really that lame that they can’t figure out how to do this on their own? Considering this was for a Dell Latitude laptop (arguably targeted as Enterprise users), are IT orgs responsible for deploying these laptops incapable of creating a build that already does one or all of these things?

This is why everyone hates PCs.


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