From what I can gather, on startup, the first time, it checks with MSFT for updates, HP for updates.
Then the initial process is combined with some really evasive questioning, and account information.
You need to sign in, tell them your birthday, on an archaic, slow alarm type data entry, requiring you to click each time, to go back a year, reminding me on my 65th birthday, that I'm really old, and really intolerant of things wasting my time.
So after the MSFT account stuff, HP wants you to setup an account.
I walked into Philz at 6;30, and this shit was still going at 7, when they closed, and I had to get up and leave, hence I was well aware of the time.
I've initiated 5 Chromebooks from Acer, and none of them take more then 2 minutes, and you are up and running.
From the little bit I used the HP, the screen didn't look very good, compared to the Acer. 10 was only mildly offensive, other then the startup stuff.
I am able to stream Xfinity on my chromebook.
At my house it will not log in and get to the internet, when the Chromebook will.
It will not play any video, when using my phone as a hotspot, with a viewable, enjoyable frame rate.
The only thing I can think of is the hard drive, a mechanical 1 TB, is so slow, combined with software that much access it during video play, that it slows the video to a stuttering, stopping, unviewable rate.
The specs cpu, gpu, are 8th generation, with 12 gb ram, yet it seems dog slow, and again, this has to be a combination of software, writing or acessing, a very slow hard drive.
I thought it might be Chrome that MSFT made not play on 10, but the same website didn't work on Edge, either.
It also seems to have last century wifi hardware, judging from the speed of the downloads.
Combine that with the bayonet power supply and flimsy port, the lack of this century type of ports, type C, etc. and you have a laptop that is going right back to Costco.