Hear, hear. !!That brings me to my all time wish and may I say great idea. A Windows without any "fat", Just a bare bone OS without any Apps, small programs like Notepad, Wordpad, Media player, Calc..... Nothing, not even a browser . I routinely replace them with much better aftermarket stuff anyway and most of it is freeware. Windows could be cheaper without all those things that are not all made in-house but MS have to pay for their inclusion.
As they are, Windows is not just OS but whole system that is not needed by everybody.
It's not as if that it doesn't exist though. It's just a pity it is not available for purchase by the public at large.
That said, I'm far too ignorant to produce a tutorial on how to turn say Win 10 Pro into a stripped down version a la Win 7 Ultimate or such.
I'm sure it can be done though.
That's how software companies make their profits by selling more then you need! And as for customizations you don't really hear that too much as you did in the past with Vista and 7 customizations and Window Blinds while Stardock had a role of the additional CircleDock and RocketDock addon toolbars with the auto hide feature seen with the Rocket Dock form of Taskbar. 8 Saw the Classic Shell compete with the Start menu 7 item followed by the now seen Start 10 in use here by the way for the main build's 10 install without the tile but not the 7 stype menu choosen either. Try the Modern look!
Lately try finding a full screen recording program that won't leave the full screen app you are trying to record minimized to the taskbar has been a task of it's own! I still tend to keep folders full of other small utility apps and system tools found to work on 10 I collected over the years so who needs the factory bloat???
How do you get hold of the aftermarket stuff without a browser to search, find and download it in the first place?
There aren't any PC hobbyist magazines with cover disks packed with freeware utilities, and the latest version of Netscape and AOL any more - those days are gone!
Remember MSDOS before Plug'N'Play? Having to load your drivers for your devices in Config.sys to get them working for video, audio, network, comms, etc., - having to get the Computer Guy in to sort your autoexec.bat out?
I do - 'cos I was one of those computer guys - systems engineer by day, support guy in the evenings and Clipper programmer by night, fuelled by coffee and biscuits!
And I wouldn't want to go back to that limited, exhausting, frustrating world.
Be thankful that you now have an almost infinite range of choices, just within your OS, to do what you want and need to, and you don't have to remember how to use Edlin and all those DOS command switches, just to get a stable display on your monitor.
CountMike is a GNU/Linux user too, if he wants "Bare Bones" he can use Arch, and then CLI his way into bare "bones bliss"
Sure.Not everyone will want an OS stripped down to the bones!
OTOH who wants a hybrid desktop if they have no use for it?
Metro apps you just can't uninstall in the usual way, etc., etc.
MS never learns, does it?
The bare bones market is how big? Oh, yes, that market will keep MS going.
The vast majority of windows users don't know which way is up with their computer so I am firmly with Fafhrd.
The idea of a stripped down OS for the vast majority is just stupid. I certainly don't want to be supporting people with that OS.
Agree ....if U want a stripped down OS then Linux Ubuntu or one of the others is your ticket and you can customise it and skin it as you will and compile your own HDWE drivers for it sometimes because you can't find any !
I remember DOS and 3.1 before plug and play and loading drivers and patches to play a game I don't miss all that at all or dip switches and jumpers ,IRQ conflicts,modem strings ,or the (free) CD's with freeware and crapware on them !
Anyways, you have the barebones OS (2 versions actually) each time you download Windows (although you have no license to use it as an OS), in the form of Win PE and Win RE.
To see what can be done with it follow Kyhi's excellent thread here:
Windows 10 Recovery Tools - Bootable Rescue Disk - Windows 10 Forums
Windows 10 without Metro?