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> Got this from here http://mindprod.com/jgloss/windowsvista.html
> The most infuriating thing about Vista is the fraudluent alleged bundling
> Vista when you buy a new PC, e.g. from Acer. It does not actually include
> Vista. Instead you get a pre-installed Vista and an inaccessible disk
> to restore the machine to factory conditions.
Why is this fraudulent? Yes it does include a version of Vista, an OEM
version. Additionally the computer maker is required to provide some means
to restore the system to the condition it was in when received from the
factory. They have three options for this and the OEM decides which one to
1. Installation DVD.
2. Recovery CD/DVD (often times in conjunction with #3.)
3. Recovery partition (sometimes hidden) on the hard drive which contains
an image of the drive as received from the factory.
If only #3 is present one invokes the recovery procedure by pressing a key
or key combination during startup. In any event check the computer
documentation or check with the computer tech support for the exact
procedure established by the OEM to restore the system.
This is the exact same situation as was the case for computers with XP
pre-installed by the OEM. Personally I do not like this process, and prefer
to have the installation DVD (for Vista) or CD (for XP), but it's not
fraudulent. The buyer needs to research what they are getting before the
Rock [MS-MVP User/Shell]