Who installs the most crapware?
My mother does.
You beat me too it! I was going to say "Your Mother!!"
These computers would cost a lot more money if they didn't have all this preinstalled rubbish on the HDD,
I don't buy it.
The vendors are selling these computers for a profit even without the operating system installed. The manufacturer does not install the crapware unless they actually believe it is a benefit to the consumer, or they are getting their palms greased (more likely).
I would be very surprised if any of the money that the manufacturer gets from the crapware vendors is used to reduce the cost of the box.
I saw no mention of M.U.L.E. in there anywhere. It is a vintage game and in my opinion introduced some interesting game mechanics, one of them being the simulated economy.
I think there's a world market for about five computers. -- attr. Thomas J. Watson (Chairman of the Board, IBM), 1943