Why they come in boxes

Does not come with wafers
Does not come with wafers.

Just opened up a brand-new Lenovo laptop running Win7 to set up for someone who just bought it. I do this kind of thing for people.

If you are planning to do this yourself, try this: When you buy the laptop, ask the person selling it if you can just go ahead and open it right there in the store and try it out.

Not the demo on the shelf, the new computer you just bought.

This should be no problem.  Batteries aren’t the temperamental pains they used to be—you can, in most cases, just take the thing out of the box, plug it in, and start it up.  Most stores have wi-fi all over the place.  You should be able to fire up your new machine, get online, get to know it a bit, and start enjoying computing fun, You could even do your registration.

You’d think that would be pretty cool.  You’d think that would actually help sell computers. But of course, that isn’t what happens at all

What happens, with Windows machines anyway, is that you will spend the first hour with your new laptop wading through the crap adware the manufacturer included, saying “No” to all the “Do you want to activate/buy this thing you’ve never heard of?” dialogs, downloading updates, having the machine do a bunch of stuff without knowing what it is, and wondering why the thing is so slow.

Hint: It will quite slow until it has been running and online for at least half an hour, and then restarted at least once.

Normally, you HAVE to do all this crap when you get home. At that point, you are excited about your machine, then surprised, then annoyed, then frustrated, but you’ve already bought the damn thing, so you just eat your lemons.

It seems odd that your first day or so with your spanky new computer is going to be the worst time you spend with it until it either gets bogged down with cruft or malware, or the fan dies.

If you spent your first few minutes on a new laptop in a store, there’s pretty much no way you would leave with the machine. And if you were watching someone else go through this, you probably wouldn’t want to buy the machine in the first place.

At this point, if you have owned a computer and paid any attention at all to it, you might be thinking “Yes.  This is exactly what happens. That’s just how it is.  SO?”

Well, after 30-odd years of consumer computing, it is just incredible that this is how it is.

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