They do Jock1e,just that your asked to make the disks when you get the machine,but as usual most people ignore it,i know i had to sort out two friends of mine who never did luckily £30 for HP recovery disk and £30 for a small drive of ebay, now cloned there drive with Acronis so anything goes wrong 5 minute drive change then clone back to there original drive.If you have a Western digital drive on your system (even attached) you can get a cut down version of Acronis for free from their site.
It is usually just a case of following simple instructions With both our laptops that was the first thing I did. I have never had to use them.
Windows gives you the option of making a system disk at any point. In W7 go to the start menu, type in system repair, the odds are that you may get as far as "syst" before a pop-up appears showing it as an option. Can't help with Win8 or XP or earlier
"netbooks are worthless now they are just too slow"
Really? I have an Acer Aspire One that runs Windows 7 and Microsoft Office perfectly, in addition to several other applications. It handles all my work files, email, and internet research when I'm travelling.
A smart phone is all very well, but nobody would dream of using one for serious work. I have an iPad, and it's superb as far as a bit of surfing and email on the move goes, but for real work give me the Netbook every time.
I can clearly recall the days (1998)when I had a Toshiba Libretto. It wasn't much bigger than a paperback book, yet it ran Windows 98 and MS Office etc. I remember thinking that this was the future of computing on the move. It cost a fortune, was way ahead of its time, had a full qwerty keyboard, and drew admiring glances each time I produced it from my overcoat pocket.
We have moved on - touch screens everywhere, and much higher specs - but if you want to work properly without carrying a full-sized laptop around a Netbook is the perfect answer.
perhaps my samsung 110 was just a poor choice, slow to start up and office takes for ever to open up, I enquired with samsung about upgrading the RAM when it was new but it was not upgradable samsung told us upgrading the RAM would make it unstable. also struggles if two or more programes running.