Most OEM recovery generated discs do a OS type of re-install discs. These won't include any pgms. as such but may include drivers. However, makers can provide the full re-install as day 1 install discs, if you copy the hidden partition that some makers supply. In other words, they all do it slightly different. So, it still makes sense to either use a 3rd party s/w like Norton Ghost or Acronis back-up, etc. to make your discs as another source source of doing this task or make do with the maker's supplied recovery generated discs. It will be prudent regardless to have back-ups of your data and/or pgms. as well if none was provided.
I recently purchased a new HP laptop running Windows 7. In my haste to get it up and running, I neglected to make recovery disks. Is it too late for me to do this after I have installed programs?