OEM's can mangle this as they wish. The documentation out there is for the retail versions of the OS and not what "load" you have on hand.
In later years, Compaq did improve the recovery CD to the point it would install to a blank hard disk.
You can duplicate the CDs so no need to create new ones.
You can use AUTOSTREAMER to create other install CDs.
Better get your OEM CDKEY with BELARC'S FREE ADVISOR.
DVD? You are on your own.
I have Windows XP sp1 preloaded in my Presario (40 GB harddisk).
I got a great offer for 80 GB Seagate Barracuda 7200 rpm.
Now the question is :
1. If I change the hard disk and use the existing hard disk as a slave will the recovery cd's load the OS and all drivers.
2. I want to put all recovery CD's into one DVD (as I now have a DVD burner). But Windows XP says recovery CD's already created. How can I make another set of recovery CD's or one DVD?
3. How do I rerun windows XP software only(from PC or recovery CD's)?