The Mesh Recovery CD offers different options depending on your circumstances. You have the option of just installing Windows or completely wiping the hard drive and re-installing from fresh. Aside from this there is also a recovery partition on the system which allows you to quickly restore windows to the way it was at the time it was delivered.
The recovery CD itself is essentially the original OEM XP CD with our recovery options and branding added to it.
Do they still provide a CD. My Mesh of some 10 weeks old came with no CD at all. But it has a hidden partition on the HDD which is accessed when booting up and which will provide a means of recovery to how things were at deliveryor so I understand.
The hidden partition contains a full recovery to factory settings or you can check WindowsXP files without a full reload or do a system restore. Hit F10 when prompted. The factory settings option is not shown until you click a certain spot and hold a certain key down, tells you in the blurb somewhere.
I want a seperate XP CD with my purchase. I dont want the data to be backed on a recovery partition alone. I have paid for the computer and software so i should be entitled to a seperate XP CD.
What if i have a hard drive failure and need to buy a drive? Then i really am stuck because I would have no means of installing Windows XP (since the recovery data would have been on the partition). I would have to buy a new copy of Windows XP.