As a PC illiterate, is it possible to buy a P.C. without an opreating System and to load an O.E.M. Recovery disc (Win Me) from a different manufacturer. The reason I am asking is that I understand from Carrera that Microcsoft are not allowing/supplying the O.S.on disc, but it is now only installed on the Hard drive in a partitioned area and that you recover the O.S. from there.What happens if your Hard drive goes legs up? Kind regards to all, Blodgett
You will find a small number of manufacturers that will sell you a computer without an operating system. You can then install your own operating system. I strongly suggest that, if you are thinking Windows, you buy, or already own, a full retail edition. OEM discs not bought from the computer manufacturer may or may not work, and if they don't, works like creek, and paddle, come to mind. The other point is that if you do this, and the system does not work, you will have difficulty in your dealings with the computer manufacturer, as it will be very difficult for you, and him, to establish if the problem is down to his hardware or your installation of the software.
To get back to the point you really raise, which is the fact that many manufacturers do not supply a Windows disc, I would suggest you find one that does. There are some, and it is worth finding one, for the reasons you yourself describe. If you really are a computer illiterate I would strongly suggest you buy a system with the o/s already installed. It's not a good idea to try to do it yourself.