Do new laptops come with OS Disc? 9 replies

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MoonJelly

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#1 11 years ago

I haven't bought a laptop in yeeeeeaars. I was thinking of getting a new one, but I remember my buddy telling me that the newest laptops do not come with a Windows disc. He was telling me that he believed Toshiba was the only company left that does it.

I asked them at Best Buy (who I would not buy a laptop from lol) and they said that the laptops do not come with a Windows OS disc. This arises a problem in my world, because I'm all about formatting hard drives and having a fresh start without any added junk that comes with a new PC.

So I was wondering, which companies still give you the Windows OS disc? And if there is none, are there places online that sell laptops with just pre-formatted hard drives so I can just buy an OEM disc from NewEgg?

Thanks again, guys.




kow_ciller

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#2 11 years ago

Most dont, they install a recovery partion instead. They dont even give you a recovery disk =/




MoonJelly

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#3 11 years ago
kow_ciller;5217952Most dont, they install a recovery partion instead. They dont even give you a recovery disk =/

Man, what's this world coming to?

Well, if I wanted to pay the money for a gaming laptop (one that will play some nice, new games) how much would I have to spend and where would I buy it from? Is iBUYPOWER: High Performance Custom Gaming Computers and Notebooks a good website?




Mastershroom Advanced Member

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#4 11 years ago

Dell still includes disks, or at least offers it as an option when you're configuring a laptop online. HP is the same way. Asus includes disks as well. And if yours doesn't come with it, you can call the manufacturer and ask for one. I've gotten at least three extra Vista and Win7 x64 disks that way. =p Worst case, you can get a disk (without the license, of course) directly from Microsoft for $10.




kow_ciller

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#5 11 years ago

I'd say a gateway or asus laptop would be your best bet for a good laptop without breaking the bank.




DarkKrucifix7

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#6 11 years ago

My ASUS notebook came with re-install DVD for both 32 and 64 bit, how nice of them.




Homer Gonerson

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#7 11 years ago
Zamamee;5217990Dell still includes disks, or at least offers it as an option when you're configuring a laptop online. HP is the same way. Asus includes disks as well. And if yours doesn't come with it, you can call the manufacturer and ask for one. I've gotten at least three extra Vista and Win7 x64 disks that way. =p Worst case, you can get a disk (without the license, of course) directly from Microsoft for $10.

Yessir. When I got my Dell a year and a half ago, it came with the Vista disc, and the XP Downgrade disc (Because who wants Vista when you can have XP?), as well as the "Dell Addons" discs, which included some of those crapware programs, but also had the drivers.




Admiral Donutz Advanced Member

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#8 11 years ago

My 2,5 year old laptop, sold under various branch names (clevio, xxodd etc.) came with an OS (and disc) by default. They only offered Win Vista though, so I decided to go for the "no OS" option and bought an OEM version with student discount for windows XP (costed my like €20,-?).

Not shipping a computer (laptop or desktop) with the OS discs sounds like a rip off and poor consumer service to me. Even though a not so technical user may not use it to format his/her system or perform other bios operations, having a disc at hand just incase sounds like a good plan. You know, when something goes wrong and you are asked to insert your OS disc.

And a repair partition? Lol, even with todays HD sizes any gig you gain is nice. Having them bite a 20+ gig chunk out of your HD is plain evil! So hell no!




Nittany Tiger Advanced Member

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#9 11 years ago

Mine is an older model that came with a disc, but it has that extra crap on it. I would think that the default restore disks or restore partitions mentioned above do.

I would think it best if restore partitions or a back-up disc could be created via a program.




kow_ciller

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#10 11 years ago

If you do a reformat you can remove the restore partitions. Thats what I do every time my friends get a new desktop.