Originally Posted by MadGamer
I thought Dell gave branded XP CD's with all their machines?
They stopped that for most machines about 6-9 months ago. Now you only get a CD if you order it during purchase or get an XPS system.
There is/was a way to restore before windows starts (F12 when you turn the system on rings a bell)
It does seem to be penny-pinching from Dell. What they do when hard drives fail and the customer has no XP disc is a mystery.