What's crapware or craplets? Ars Technica says:

Just what are craplets? It's a cute nickname for all of the software an OEM installs on your new Windows PC before it arrives on your doorstep.

In $60 to keep crapware off of a Windows PC? Ken Fisher talks about how much it OEMs - Original Equipment Manufacturers, like Dell or Hewlett-Packard - might want to sell you a machine that's not loaded with limited and trial versions of software. Because people aren't likely willing to pay anything extra, Microsoft can fume but not do anything about it.

I'm most likely not going to buy any of the software that comes on my new computers. I suppose some people do, particularly the anti-virus software. And I don't know how else a software vendor is supposed to reach people like my parents - they're not going to be reading computer magazines or participating in forums.

I haven't found any issues removing the pre-installed (crapware( and replacing it with something else if necessary.

So, long and short, I'd much rather save a few bucks and spend some time tweaking the list of programs.