My laptop is from hp
and it did not come with a vista cd or a recovery cd for that matter. The recovery is a partition of the hard drive. You have to pay extra for a recovery cd.
Also can you use the recovery cd on a new HD and have the full hp vista isntal?
I think your right --- cant tell you how many times my xp backup disk saved me---- be interesting to see what happens if people need to reinstall and have no backup disk available as people sometimes dont see this as issue until the problem occurs.