One of the tragedies of the Redmond Mind Suck is that it leaves its victims with the mistaken belief that MS always acts with its users' best interests in mind. In fact, bloat space goes to the highest bidder. And unless MS starts paying a little more attention to us Joe Computers, Windows 7 snd beyond will have little in the way of functional improvement, becoming more and more just vehicles for big software companies to contaminate users' computer experience. I think bloatware may have contributed considerably to big users' lack of enthusiasm for Vista. If they wanted anything it was a more secure version of XP and 2000 as a clean operating system. Redmond's answer was Vista, bloat and all. The proper way for MS to handle bloatware might be to require EOM's to include an installation disk for every vendor who paid them $50 million. But then, who would need MS in that loop? Better to trick unsuspecting users.
I have the greatest respect and admiration for anyone who can understand and manipulate Windows as you and others here can, WHS, but on this issue we will definitely agree to disagree. :)