1a.) I believe you must burn a set of CDs/DVDs yourself from a hidden partition on the hard drive, but it's possible that they would supply them with that model.
1b.) No, you cannot just download Windows Vista. Microsoft provides a download only to those who are purchasing it and any other 'sources' providing Vista downloads are illegal. Also, your product key from the Dell would not work with a retail version of the OS.
2.) You can reinstall an unlimited number of times, though after a predefined number of reinstalls you will be prompted to call Microsoft's toll-free number and enter a confirmation code.
Hope this helps,
I am currently thinking about buying the Latitude 131l directly from dell with Windows Vista Ultimate. I like to tinker with my computers and reinstall numerous times.
Does dell ship the original disks with the Latitude Computers. I would imagine they would since it is a business computer and most businesses change stuff and may need to reinstall. If they don't ship the CD with the laptop could I download a copy of ultimate edition and install that with the genuine product key. If this is not legal please tell me. I think it should work since you still paid for vista and have a genuine copy still on the same computer.
How many times can you install Vista on a computer with the same hardware, and still have it activate.
I will probably call dell when I order the laptop because I can actually talk to someone and I might ask them that. I figured that at least 1 member of buzztown might know the answers though.