Well, first of all Laracasts is a GREAT resource for using Laravel, but I don't get why you are bitching here. Laracasts didn't create Laravel, so frankly your criticisms need to be directing toward the right place. Honestly, if you'd have followed the videos here, I can guarantee that as long as you were comprehending the videos, you should have little trouble. If you get stuck, post your EXACT issue and we can help you through it. You will also get more help if you aren't "ranty" about it.
Also, if downloading a few things to get started with a new framework upsets you, you probably shouldn't be bothering even learning anything like Laravel as any technological framework will require some effort to solve issues.
That being said, honestly, you probably should not have went the WAMP way. Homestead isn't perfect on Windows, but it's honestly the best way to get started on Windows. Good luck!