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    • #1137650 Reply

      Susan Bradley
      AskWoody MVP

      Random stupid thought of the day…. who actually plays Candy Crush on their Windows 10 machines?  I mean seriously.  We have phones and tablets for g
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      Susan Bradley Patch Lady

    • #1137841 Reply

      AskWoody Lounger

      The very first thing I did after getting Windows 10 was to remove Candy Crush and install Simcity 4. Eventually I’m going to install more games, like Tiberian Sun, Empire Earth and Red Alert 2.  Those are real games, not Candy C***.

      My English is far from perfect and I want to improve it. If you find any mistakes, particularly with my grammar, feel free to correct me.

    • #1138160 Reply

      Da Boss

      Absolutely not. Nor have I used any of the other advertised games – on a matter of principal, if nothing else.

      You have to wonder how much money Microsoft’s getting to put crapware on the main screen. They used to lambaste HP and Dell and Lenovo for doing precisely the same thing.

      The amount that they’re getting can’t possibly match the antipathy that they’ve generated.

      • #1147877 Reply


        This is how it is for me.  I’ve never used any of the UWP apps on Windows 10, on principle, even though in general I like all kinds of games. The ones I play range from simple casual games like GNOME Mastermind to more complicated titles like Witcher 3, which I recently completed wholly in Linux via WINE (with both expansions) as installed painlessly by Lutris.  It’s a few years old, but if it’s new to me… er, well, then it’s new to me, I guess.  I got it for 15 dollars with both expansions included, which would not have been true if I bought it when it was new!

        Apps are for phones… programs are for computers (hence the folder name “Program Files” beginning with Windows 95).  I don’t appreciate any of the efforts to “phonify” PCs, whether by GNOME 3 or Windows 10.  Phones may be trendy and cool and what not, but it doesn’t mean that what’s good for them should be grafted onto a PC.  The PC interface, based around keyboard and mouse, has been honed and polished for decades, and to tear all of that down so we can pretend that PCs are giant phones is a giant step backwards.

        Anything UWP is in the “app” category, as was anything in Metro or Modern in Windows 8.x.  I reject it out of hand… it does not matter what it is or what it does.  If it’s UWP, the answer is no.  Or I would, if I had not also rejected the OS that runs UWP.

        I don’t think Microsoft particularly cares about the antipathy they’re creating.  They don’t have to… they have a monopoly.  I can’t count the number of times I’ve seen people say they can’t leave the Windows world because they need it for something!  MS has made it clear that in their quest for a billion devices running Windows 10, consumer satisfaction is not a concern… how else could one explain them using dark patterns to try to trick people who clearly do not want Windows 10 into installing it anyway?

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    • #1137950 Reply


      Windows 10 design decisions don’t resonate with anyone I know. Switching our enterprise to Linux was the best decision we ever made.

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    • #1138750 Reply

      AskWoody Lounger

      We are not running Win 10 YET ! ! But i have removed ALL the OEM installed games on all 3 of our machines. No need for them. IF, and WHEN we have to switch to Win 10 (Probably will go LINUX instead.) all the preinstalled games WILL disappear also.


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    • #1138888 Reply

      Da Boss

      No to Candy Crush, and No to the other UWP apps.
      Wish they would just give us the Operating System with a series of check boxes to choose the apps we want/don’t want to install.
      It could even be a part of the initial setup/install.
      It’s a shame to burden all users with so much bloat.

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      • #1148265 Reply


        While I’d love for the installer to ask what you want at install time, I’d be happy if each UWP app should have a checkbox in “Add or remove Windows components,” including Cortana and the Microsoft Store.  Having that would prevent people like me from using “unsupported” means to forcibly remove them– and if I ever changed my mind, checking a box to reinstall something would be a lot simpler than trying to figure out how to reinstall an app that has no official way to remove it in the first place.  This is what I have done for the vestigial Windows 10 installations that remain on my Acer Swift and Dell G3 (preinstalled out of the box, and for the moment, remaining there “just in case” I need it for something).  As long as my SSDs have plenty of space available, it’s no bother to keep Windows 10 even if I don’t use it.  If I ever get to the point of needing the space, time will tell what I choose to do.

        Allowing removal of the unwanted bits of Windows 10 would not be all it would have taken to keep me from rejecting Windows 10, but it would have gone a long way.  A real off switch for telemetry and full control of updates, in addition to that, and it would be a new ballgame.

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    • #1138792 Reply


      Nope. Never play it.
      I too, play Solitaire a lot.
      BTW, thanks for reminding me to uninstall it.

    • #1138803 Reply

      AskWoody Plus

      Absolutely not!

    • #1139258 Reply

      AskWoody Plus

      Never played it on phone, computer, or anything else.

      Don't take yourself so seriously, no one else does 🙂
      4 Win 10 Pro currently 1809 (3 Desktops, 1 Laptop).

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    • #1139180 Reply

      AskWoody Plus

      First thing i do is get rid of games !

    • #1139350 Reply

      AskWoody Lounger

      AskWoody is the only game I play…

    • #1139195 Reply


      I must admit, I (used to) play CC – I got up to level 650-ish, but couldn’t get past a really hard level and eventually gave up CC completely

    • #1139390 Reply

      AskWoody Plus

      Haven’t played a game on a computer since at least 1998. Don’t even know what Candy Crush looks like as I rip it all out before 1st boot! Same with all the xbox cr@pola. Don’t have or want an xbox so why is my OS stuffed with that garbage causing me to have to rip it out?

    • #1139990 Reply

      AskWoody MVP

      Well, well, well Susan!

      Once again you have put your finger on what is causing problems with Windows Updates.
      The devs at Redmond (or wherever they hide these days) are all playing that game instead of doing their jobs.

      Ok, maybe not … that was to good to pass up 🙂

      Oh. on topic … never played it, can’t even watch someone else play it.

      Windows10 Home 1809 | Mint19 on VM

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      • #1142038 Reply

        The Surfing Pensioner
        AskWoody Plus

        What is REALLY scary is the possibility that the ‘devs at Redmond’ saw Candy Crush on Win 10 as a selling point. That says something about their conceptualised user group.

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    • #1140532 Reply

      AskWoody Plus

      Nah, I don’t play Candy Crush. I’ve got Solitaire and that’s enough for killing time when I have to wait a minute or so for IE11 to bring up a new screen or suchlike. For SERIOUS game playing I’ve got some DOS and Win98/WinXP games like Wizardry and Civilization and Syberia. Stuff like Candy Crush… that takes a mindset I don’t seem to have. Maybe I’m not the sort of consumer Microsoft is trying to reach.

    • #1140985 Reply

      AskWoody Plus

      No way Susan!

    • #1142369 Reply

      AskWoody MVP

      I have 5 installations of Windows 10 Pro, only one of which was a clean install (for my NAS).  None of them have Candy Crush installed.  I have a Windows phone running 1709, and it doesn’t have Candy Crush, either.

      I have not uninstalled it, it simply has never been there.

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    • #1142806 Reply

      AskWoody Plus

      What is Candy Crush ? 🙂
      My Windows 10 Pro 1809 doesn’t have any jumping Tiles.
      All were deleted during first setup of my new laptop that came with 1803.

      • #1144192 Reply

        AskWoody Lounger

        I had to look up Candy Crush on Youtube to see what it was all about. Re-worked Gem Drop? Uninstall is easy but my bet is there are a lot of unnecessary files left on the HDD.


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    • #1143187 Reply

      AskWoody Plus

      “We have phones and tablets for games.  People use computers for work.”

      It’s not quite that black and white.

      I do some serious work on my iPad as well as play (simple) games, and I have a desktop with large monitor for both playing serious games (Skyrim, Witcher 3, Dying Light.,..) and serious work.

      Which device is used for what is determined by display size and user interface (touch vs keyboard/mouse.) It’s about usability and convenience.

      That said, much of the rubbish including Candy Crush, gets unceremoniously clobbered after installs.

      Hanlon's Razor: Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.

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    • #1143520 Reply

      AskWoody Plus

      Spider Solitare, FreeCell and if I get really bored, myVegas.

      First thing I do (as many of you do) is to uninstall ALL that crapware.  I like it clean.

      Willie McClure
      Talk's cheap, takes money to buy whiskey.
    • #1143741 Reply

      AskWoody Lounger

      I only play Mahjong Titans. Nice mindless thing to do while watching videos.
      Actually tried to delete it and couldn’t.

    • #1146243 Reply

      AskWoody Lounger

      Never played Candy Crush…ever.  Dirty casual games lol.

    • #1147338 Reply

      AskWoody Plus

      Never played it. Uninstalled it (along with the other crapware that came with Win 10).

    • #1147544 Reply

      Carl D
      AskWoody Lounger

      Never played Candy Crush and I never will.

      I remember doing a clean install of Windows 10 about a year ago (before I learned to keep the PC offline during the install then turn off and remove the live tiles before connecting).

      I did the right click > uninstall procedure for Candy Crush – it uninstalled (well, looked like it did) and then immediately proceeded to reinstall itself again.

      That sort of malware like behaviour put me off Windows 10 (again) so I went back to Windows 7. Now that I know how to avoid Candy Crush and it’s ilk during the W10 install I’m back on 10 again – for the time being, anyway.

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    • #1147911 Reply


      Nope. Never played it. I stopped using Windows 10 since there is too much crapware.

    • #1149624 Reply

      AskWoody Plus

      Perhaps first ask if there is a secret agreement between MS and Candy Crush to put CC on all Windows 10 machines? There probably is! Oh, and the 1980s dismally flat Metro interface will never die since MS inked deals with developers to allow said developers to have complete control of the colors of their apps in the Metro interface. Now if MS gets rid of Metro, then all of those inked deals go up in smoke, and most likely with resulting lawsuits.

      MS’s entrenched culture does NOT support people speaking up, based in past lessons learned. Well, at least not from anyone who is not in really high management positions.

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    • #1150273 Reply


      who actually plays Candy Crush on their Windows 10 machines?

      I don’t have a breakdown by OS. CC has been downloaded approx 3 billion times, but a lot of that is probably to mobile devices. It was released for Win10 in 2015, so I assume it has a foothold there. A wild guess to answer your question: 500 million on Windows, mostly Win10.

      Have you EVER played Candy Crush on your Windows 10 computer?

      I haven’t, but ‘Match 3’ isn’t a genre I play much. About 15 years ago, it was the 2nd most popular genre, but has declined since to become more of a niche.

      Match 3 falls within one of the main gaming sectors known as Casual Gaming. Approx 200 million casual players play online every month, I don’t know how many play offline but I guess it’s considerably larger.

      With regards to the wider issue of what gets included with Windows and what doesn’t, I have often found value in various extras like Defender, Minesweeper, Character Map, Mahjong, Fonts etc etc. I support MS’s long-standing policy of including apps which they think might be attractive to a segment of their customers.

      Based on the figures above I’ve been able to quickly dig up, Candy Crush clearly falls within that characterization. One person’s junk is another person’s treasure.

      Wish they would just give us the Operating System with a series of check boxes to choose the apps we want/don’t want to install.

      Agreed, I think the ideal would be like Ninite.

      People use computers for work.

      Whaaat? Nonsense. Computers are for movies, games, books, music, TV. Work is only a side-show to act as a cover so they can be written off as expenses.

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    • #1151718 Reply


      Never played it. Never will.

    • #1158373 Reply

      AskWoody Lounger

      Last game I played on computer was Minesweeper. Don’t have the first clue about Candy Crush. I really don’t associate the computer with games, unless you count holding unwanted updates at bay as a game. I’d rather be gardening or tinkering with the wifi for relaxation.

    • #1158174 Reply


      Never played any of the games that came installed with Win 8, 8.1 or 10.  First chance I was able to, they were deleted.  I used to occasionally play Microsoft’s solitaire, but that ended when the version from Win 8 appeared.

      However, I do play quite a few games on my computer.  Point of fact, the only reason I am still running Windows is to access my Steam, GoG, Origins, and Uplay libraries, as well as older versions played on my Win 7 machine off-line.

      For productivity (writing), I use LibreOffice, which handles all of those needs quite well, and which I actually prefer to Office. And I say that as someone who has used Word professionally since Windows 3.1.  Since LibreOffice works just as well on Linux, if I ever stop playing games (or if a good enough emulator to handle them all without burping appears), then I’m done with Windows as well.

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        I’d be curious to know how well your game library works on Linux via Proton (Steam’s WINE branch) or Wine proper.  The Steam client for Linux allows one to try them with a checkbox.  It may or may not work with any given title, but with Steam being involved, this should keep progressing nicely.

        I don’t have a big Windows game library, but the few I have tried (mostly older titles and some casual games) work fine.  World of Warcraft, Witcher 3, and Darkness II (which was too weird for me, but it works fine… it was a freebie) all work nicely, with frame rates (on nVidia GPUs) close to what I saw in Windows with DXVK, and a lot of other titles are supposed to work well too.  Lutris has a database of install scripts for those that do work in Linux, and it sets up WINE with the right options for you.  It might work better than you think (except for those that use kernel-level anticheats.  Games should not require nor be granted kernel-level access, and WINE doesn’t work with them, and probably never will, unless the anticheat authors specifically write them to be WINE-compatible).





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    • #1158930 Reply

      AskWoody Plus

      I think the ideal would be like Ninite.

      I think the ideal would be consumers LTSB/LTSC.

    • #1162574 Reply

      Da Boss

      On a mobile phone Mrs Microfix plays it,
      on my test PC it’s always been nuked post OS installation.

      ********** Win7 x64/x86 | Win8.1 x64 | Linux Hybrids x64 **********

    • #1165213 Reply

      AskWoody Plus

      I don’t play it, never touch CC. Nuked from orbit with decrapifier, pre-install.

    • #1165569 Reply

      AskWoody Lounger

      I have played Candy Crush on Windows 10. I tolerate its existence. I just don’t see why it’s so special though. The free copy of Peggle I got from Origin is more fun to me.

      Also, for the record, I don’t have a smart phone or tablet. I know I’m in a minority now days, but people like me do exist. When I do have to make phone calls away from home or pass some two factor authentication, I use an old $20 Tracfone that can only handle phone calls and text messages.

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    • #1165517 Reply


      First chance I had to play it was on Windows 10, and I didn’t play it out of principle.

      I did actually try out a lot of Metro apps on Windows 8, but the only one I really liked was Fruit Ninja, which I found easier to play with a mouse on a big screen–until I got a tablet and could react more quickly.

    • #1166370 Reply

      AskWoody Lounger

      Nope, haven’t played Candy Crush a single time, removed it immediately along with several other useless items that Microsoft saw fit to include with Windows 10.

    • #1167470 Reply


      Nope. Using LTSB/LTSC spares us the advantages of having similar “bonuses” including.

    • #1168388 Reply

      F A Kramer
      AskWoody Plus

      I never play any of those games. I do occasionally “work” on an MS Jigsaw puzzle, and as a result, I am assaulted by ads (that can not be bypassed!) for Candy Crush, Seekers Notes, Hidden City, Slots, etc. I am not ever going to purchase any of them and to the extent possible I uninstall them if I have them sh0ved onto my computer for free without my permission.

      I agree with the comments of others here…. I use a computer for work, not for time wasting with low IQ games. Do the MS employees really think these games are great?

      I don’t play these games on a phone or a tablet either.

      • #1190210 Reply


        Do the MS employees really think these games are great?

        Some may be fans of course, but in general, no. I explained it in my earlier post, how MS probably correctly assumes that hundreds of millions of its users will be interested in some of what they include with the core OS—but of course, not everyone will be interested in all of it.

        It looks like some here may not know that MS has had a major game studio since 2000, which currently owns 13 other studios, and bought Mojang [devs of Minecraft] for $2.5Bn 5 years ago. Most of you will know of Xbox hardware and games. All together, gaming made over $10Bn for MS in 2018, or about 10% of total—for comparison, I estimate Windows at somewhere around 16% of total.

        In short, gaming is a big deal for MS, so no surprise they include some entry-level games with all the other peripheral accessories they include with Windows.

        I see it like all the “crap” which has been bundled with Office forever, eg templates and fonts. I’m sure my ‘crap’ is treasure for tens or hundreds of millions of Office users, so I have no problem with it being included.

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    • #1180435 Reply

      AskWoody Lounger

      No.  Removed it first thing.

    • #1181885 Reply

      AskWoody Plus

      With Windows 7 as my OS, no CC in sight. I used to play mahjong back when my Windows 98 laptop, the first Windows machine I’ve ever owned, was still alive. Then, one thing, then another, I forgot about it. Maybe I’ll look around, in case it is lurking somewhere in Windows 7?

      Tried a computerized chess game once, but lost interest when my own computer relentlessly took most of my pieces and got my king check-mated in ten or, at most, fifteen moves every time, no matter which color I was playing with.

      So I am starting to suspect that I might not be as great at competitive gaming as most people think.

      • #1182053 Reply

        AskWoody MVP

        My computer could beat me every time at chess, but was no match for me in kick boxing.

        Windows10 Home 1809 | Mint19 on VM

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    • #1184751 Reply


      I don’t understand the craze around Candy Crush. Is there something I’m missing? Perhaps it’s just my childhood of playing Flash games and those glorious PC games like The Sims and SimCity and RollerCoaster Tycoon. From what I’ve heard, playing Candy Crush on your PC is like playing Piano Tiles on your PC… that sounds ridiculous.

    • #1245588 Reply

      rc primak

      I know a few people who really got into Candy Crush on their phones. Not one of them plays it on their PCs.

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