The answer is that the recovery disk which we can download is not the entire OS. Just enough on a CD/DVD to boot and perform some repairs but not a full OS.
All the Windows 7 OSes I see in the store includes the OS DVD and license unless this is some Anytime upgrade deal.
Your story screams that something fishy and rotten is going on.
Am having a computer store upgrade my XP system to Windows 7. And they Have reluctently agreed to provide me with a Windows Recovery Disk. ( I have had Recovery Disks in the past, but never actually had to use them.)
(1) What items or info is actually contained on a Windows Recovery Disk, --ie. a complete back-up copy of the new Operating System, copies of all the new device drivers installed on the new system, etc etc?
and (2) What is actually involved (the basic steps etc) in utilizing a Recovery Disk if/when the time arises, ie. do you simply insert it and boot it up and follow some basic directions, or do you have to go through the 'Windows Recovery Console' ? and other somewhat more complex procedures ?
Would really appreciate any info you can provide me here; I had searched the CNET, site but not found any of the actual/specific info I'm looking for.
Dan D. in NJ