The practice of not providing a proper Windows media has been going on some
years. Some HP's have an option to burn one. You should check if your
laptop might. Otherwise you're quite right, in the event of a hard drive
failure you're up a creek. Also if you needed to boot from a DVD to use
recovery tools. You can purchase media from HP (the last XP recovery set I
got from them for a client cost $60.00). This is an unacceptable practice
and a major way of screwing consumers. The inclusion of proper media
should be a consideration when making the original purpose. All we can do
is complain loudly and repeatedly, let vendors know when it's lost them a
prospective sale, and use third party imaging tools. Dell, I believe, has
returned to providing proper media after loud consumer outrage when they had
stopped for a time.
"csmba" <csmba@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> They tell me I can do a "restore" dvd from the partition that is on the
> but I have no clue how that helps me.
> I (think) I need a installation DVD, because:
> 1. I want to make a virtual PC image to test stuff before installing on
> real box. And I need an installation DVD of vista to create a Virtual pc
> 2. Maybe tomorrow I will set the computer on fire, go and buy new parts on
> newegg to build my own new computer. Shouldn't I be able to install on
> computer my PAID FOR windows vista copy?