Lenovo debacle makes buyers turn to Microsoft Signature Edition computers

Following the Lenovo Superfish debacle, people are looking for places and vendors who can provide them with “clean” computers. Clean means no adware, no crapware, no bloatware but only the required operating system and required apps. Microsoft Store has been selling Signature Edition computers all along for past three years that provide customers with “clean” PC experience.

Microsoft Signature Edition Computers

Not many people know about what Microsoft calls “Signature” edition PCs. The computers are available at Microsoft online store and are a bit costlier than what you can expect from other vendors. Microsoft says they handpick computers with good configuration and make them crapware free so that users can enjoy crapware-free computing without irritating pop-ups and intrusive programs.

Microsoft also says that it offers free antimalware with the clean PC experience. The free malware in question is the Windows Defender that comes preinstalled with Windows operating system. Users may use it if they want but since recent studies showed that Defender is not very good at handling all types of malware, users who buy Clean PCs can install third-party antivirus and antimalware. Installing a third party antivirus will automatically turn off Windows Defender in many cases.

According to the Signature Edition website, the Signature PCs are configured for optimal performance: faster boot times, faster shutdowns, good hibernate speed etc. It has many demos in place to let you see the difference you’ll face when buying a third party computer loaded with crapware and how you’ll fare when you buy signature edition computers from Microsoft.

In fact, the Microsoft Signature edition PCs are well tuned notebooks (and tablets) that are optimized for running the latest operating system. All the Signature edition computers come with the latest operating system. The website says”

“When you buy a new PC at Microsoft Store, we ensure there’s no third-party junkware or trialware installed”

According to PC World, there are sixteen mainstream laptops and eight gaming PCs other than the Surface tabs under Microsoft Signature edition computers project. All of them come with a guarantee that buyers will not find any trialware, crapware, and adware etc. on the computers.

This is much better than buying computers from local vendors as they tend to personalize their products with personal branding as well as installing different trialware and other programs that users will never need.

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Arun Kumar is obsessed with technology, especially the Internet. He deals with the multimedia content needs of training and corporate houses. He also offers online training for Business English. Follow him on Twitter @PowercutIN


  1. vasudevG

    Yes, Signature Ed gets more importance after this Superfish thing….
    Using a HP signature Ed device, no crapware that makes it faster too.

  2. Ed

    “When you buy a new PC at Microsoft Store, we ensure there’s no third-party junkware or trialware installed”
    Sure, ok, but you’ll pay a premium price for it also.
    You know this could have happened and probably IS happening with most store bought pc’s that come pre bundled with crapware, only difference is Lenovo got caught. How many other PC makers are doing the same thing only using malware or adware that has not been identified yet?
    BTW, Your graphic above seems a little extreme, all my systems are “non” signature editions and I have yet to see any extreme cases as what you have depicted above. It’s a little ridiculous and over board.
    Guess MS is getting all you MVP’s to push “buying direct” like Apple does.
    Want a good malware / adware free pc? build it yourself and install the OS yourself, it’ll cost you less than any store bought or “signature” pc purchased through MS.

  3. Arun Kumar

    The graphic is from Microsoft store where they are selling signature edition.
    But I agree that there are PC makers who install malware prior to selling computers. In an article, I mentioned how certain companies preinstall malware and even turn off Windows Update etc so that they can exploit the users.
    I also agree with the OS installation thing. I have always bought DOS laptops and clean installed operating systems so that I have only the applications I want. That is the best method.

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