For all of you that think Windows is so good "out of the box," I have a little experiment for you.
Go down to your local computer store and buy a copy of Windows XP in the box. Also, while you are there, purchase a copy of Microsoft Office. Come back home with your approximately $500 worth of software and do a clean install of both on the computer of your choice.
After you have completed this most enjoyable task, create a Word document that contains your social security number, passport number, or other nationally recognized id number. Throw in a few credit card numbers, expiration dates, and pin numbers. While you are at it, a bank account number or two, with pin numbers would be a nice touch too. Don't forget to include the bank names, country and routing numbers too. Be sure to also include your full name, date of birth, address, telephone number, and mother's maiden name.
Now, connect to the internet continuously for 48 hours. Check your e-mail, and surf the web as you normally would. Visit any chat rooms or socializing sites, ie facebook, etc., you usually go to. Download from Utube, music sites or other sites you enjoy. In general, do what you usually do.
At the end of that 48 house, pull the plug out of the wall, whether your system is still functional or not.
Now, sit down in your easy chair and wait for the fireworks to begin! It will be a real learning experience.
EDIT: By-the-way, after about six months goes by, try to find a friend that will let you use their computer and internet connection. Please return here and tell us again how good Windows is "out of the box."