Posted 15 April 2010 - 04:51 PM
It used to be that way, but now most computer retailers do not ship their computers with a Windows install CD/DVD at all. Rather, they now usually put a special "recovery" partition on the hard drive that contains a disk image of the default Windows install. This is a bad thing, in my opinion.
You might try contacting the vendor and requesting a physical CD. They may oblige you, though you'll probably have to pay for shipping.