Sometimes those Home Shopping Network folks are just too excited about a product.

Microsoft’s Windows 8 isn’t due to be released on new computers until Oct. 26, but the website for the television shopping channel over the weekend was offering five Acer and Gateway machines running Windows 8.

Ed Bott has the details on ZDNet, including the unfortunate news that the machines are chock-full of pre-installed software, a.k.a. crapware, which everyone had been hoping to avoid with the new operating system — everyone except certain PC makers, it turns out.

Microsoft asked HSN to stop selling the computers after the news emerged, and it looks like they’ve now been pulled from the site. However, a series of online videos are still available showing how HSN will educate new users about the Windows 8 interface once the new machines are actually available.

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  • Drew

    It’s not Microsoft that is placing all the “crapware” on the machines. The manufactures of the machines are the ones that add all the garbage software; which has nothing to do with the OS that is installed.

  • Drew

    It’s not Microsoft that is placing all the “crapware” on the machines. The manufactures of the machines are the ones that add all the garbage software; which has nothing to do with the OS that is installed.

  • http://www.techmansworld.com/ Michael Hazell

    GeekWire, you should grab those pictures and videos in case HSN pulls them!

    • Guest

      I#ve waited 28 years for Windows 8, I think I can wait a few more dayz! Christ on a tricycle, you idiots think this is the end of the world or something!!

  • http://www.techmansworld.com/ Michael Hazell

    GeekWire, you should grab those pictures and videos in case HSN pulls them!

  • Guest

    Nero12 is not crapware! You guys should be thankful that it is included!

    • Guest

      I agree!

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