Why do Hp, Compaq, Dell, and other companies, always put all this useless crap on the machines they sell that are preloaded with Windows? Is there something I'm missing? The reason I ask is because I'm tweaking a friends less-than-2-week-old Compaq, as it is running slower than a herd of turtles. On startup there was all this stuff of which I can't even remember the names, nor do I have any idea what they were for. (I turned them off, knowing full well they didn't need to be running in the background) I just don't understand why the companies would put this stuff on there which would actually make the machine run slower, and therefore reflect badly on the company. Seems to me, not only are they shooting the customer in the foot, they're shooting themselves in the foot as well. I wish I had some specific examples of these stupid startup items, bundled programs, and other bloatware, but I think you know that of which I speak. Anyone have any ideas?