|Posted on Monday, February 23, 2004 - 5:42 am: |
I recently bought an HP Pavillion. It seems like a nice machine. But..I was surprised to find that it didn't come with a CD copy of Windows XP.
Instead, HP formatted part of the hard drive as a "recovery" partition. Presumably, if the primary partition goes bad, you can re-install the operating system from the other partition. There's also a program that allows you to burn a "system" CD.
Now...I understand the thinking behind this. But frankly, I'd rather have the extra 20 GB of hard disk space. And of course, there's always the question of what happens if the second partition goes bad. If I ever need to install a new HD in this system, I'll need a copy of the operating system. Or...will the "system" CD I burned be enough to install XP if it comes to that?
I am thinking about contacting HP and trying to convince them to provide me with an XP CD. A Microsoft rep told me that it's up to the computer manufacturer whether to provide a CD or not.
I'm curious about what some of the rest of you think about this set up.
|Posted on Monday, February 23, 2004 - 8:22 pm: |
Hard drives fail, point in fact. All you can do is try the burned system cd which to me sounds like an image of the drives partition.