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Win XP CD vs Recovery Discs


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kalyhan

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I just bought a new Compaq SR1720NX - and just like my last one three years ago, Compaq refuses to include the original operating system CD's. They want you to make (or purchase) recovery discs. There was one time with my old pc where I needed to re-install Windows and I didn't have it. Microsoft of course said to ensure I always get the CD's from the PC manufacturer.

My question - Do I really need the originals? Why do I feel cheated without the originals? Dell includes
the original Windows CD's.

Also - if there are any recommendations as to what I can disable in the new PC, please let me know
(example - do I really need the Compaq Connections Agent running?). Everything was pre-loaded.

Thanks in advance!
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last i checked dell doesn't send the original cds...they do send a recovery disk...or the machine has a built in recovery partition....

as long as you recieve (or make) the system recovery disk..you don't need the original OS disk... you machine...not sure on your model..may have a recovery partition and therefore not need the disk..check the manual for disaster recovery steps
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Thanks for your reply.

I believe I do have a recovery partition. So, in the event I get a virus or some major issues, what protects the recovery partition?

I will make the recovery CD's in any event.
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deffinitely make the cd...but...the recovery partition is not only a seperate partition from your main partition...but it's marked as inactive and is usually in a different format than your main partition..therefore your windows install can't even see it to modify it..thus keeping virii
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OK. Thanks again for your assistance!
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