ok....The computer didn't come with recovery discs so to speak. It had a recovery partition that you could use to make your recovery discs. So I burned the recovery discs and verified the data on them. They checked out ok. Afterwards it said I could delete the recovery partition because I had all the data on discs. Now I need to recover, the discs I made are no good and the recovery partition is gone. Compaq wants almost $20 to send the discs to me and I would rather just install xp without the crappy OEM software bundle.
I know they're supposedly not charging for the software on the discs but the actual discs themselves + handling fees. But the discs should have been bundled with the system. Right?
Blah...guess I'll just have to order them. Beats paying $100 for a new copy. And I don't really want to upgrade to Vista just yet.
I figured it couldn't be downloaded legitimately I just thought somebody may know of an ISO tucked away on a ftp somewhere.