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When you buy a laptop from Newegg or anywhere else, does it give you an OS CD? What happen when you have viruses and needs to reinstall Windows?
Edited by inmate - 5/12/11 at 7:42pm
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post #2 of 24
Some include a restore dvd and some have a recovery partition on the harddrive.
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I believe, you have an install code on the bottom of the laptop. Correct me if I'm wrong.
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post #4 of 24
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Some include a restore dvd and some have a recovery partition on the harddrive.
Restore DVD restore to an earlier time? So no OS Cd?
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rarely the laptop that comes with an OS Disc or what they call recovery DVDs. Most of the laptops now come with a recovery partition and some come with a software that lets you burn it to DVDs. However, I've seen netbooks and 1 or 2 laptops w/o even a recovery partition.

By the way I don't know if it is the same for all companies, but I've seen HP advertising to send you for free the recovery DVDs if you call them within 60 days of buying the laptop. I did that for a laptop I was given by my school, but I don't know if that was part of the program I was in.

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Restore DVD restore to an earlier time? So no OS Cd?
He probably meant recovery DVDs which restore the laptop/computer to factory defaults like when you first turned it on.
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Most companies charge extra for the actual OS disc, it prevents you from doing a fresh install the day you get the system to get rid of all the bloatware.
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Dell always used to give you an OS DVD then a Software DVD, also the software you'd buy extra, like in my case I got an X-Fi MB DVD, etc. Now Dell's stance is they will give you the Software DVD's but not an OS DVD. However, if you call them, they will send you an OS DVD, they just don't do it automatically.

I'm not a fan of companies not giving OS installation DVD's and just putting a recovery partition on the HD - because if that HD dies your SoL for obvious reasons. Also some companies like HP will give you the DVD's if you ask them or you can use their software to make a 1 time copy of the OS and software - not a fan of this either because it installs all the bloat along with the OS.

What I do know for a fact is that both Dell and HP (pretty much the only major companies still building made to order laptops, as Gateway no longer does) will send you out an OS DVD and software DVD set if you ask them.

Edit: Also Dell gives you a link to download ALL the original software it came with originally in their "Dell software locker".
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post #8 of 24
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I heard that laptop that comes with Windows installed is an OEM version and not retail, is that true? If this is true, I'll get a pirated OEM Windows 7 and install on a Sager when I get one. What do you all think?

Or I have a retail Window 7 installed on my desktop, am I able to use that for my laptop too?
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Obtaining and using pirated software would be illegal.
Edited by Jonny i5 - 5/12/11 at 8:50pm
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post #10 of 24
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That would be illegal.
But can it work? I know it is illegal. My main question is all laptops that come with Windows installed are OEMs right?
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