I was thinking about buying a new laptop. Now the ones I'm used to are the old Dells that allow you to fully re-install Windows XP Pro from scratch, with custom partitioning. I know that new laptops don't really come with reinstall CD's, and I know you can make one usually from the program the laptop comes with, but will it allow you to do a full format and re-install of Windows 7? Just like if I bought Windows 7 retail?
I was looking into a Asus, HP, or Toshiba.
I'm sure someone will come up the precise answer for that question, but I just wanted to let you know about the alternative: You can use a different Windows CD to perform the installation, using your license. The laptop has the license, not the CD.