That any pgms. are pre-loaded before it is sold as a working laptop. It requires some s/w just to turn -ON and anything else is present as trialware or demoware during its initial usage within 90-days or less. All that has to be pre-loaded as part of the package sold to you. Some vendors may add their own s/w in order to customize it to their requirements or needs. All those install dates may vary being pre-done and awaiting for customer purchase. I would suppose you would want a working laptop when you brought it, s/w does that.
I might be Highly un pc savvy...but when I'm on the "install/uninstall programs" page, why does it say a lot of programs were installed before I bought my new laptop?
On several diff dates too. How does a program get installed if the laptop was in a box on the shelf?