I would want BOTH disks - the XP disk AND the Restore disk.
As soon as you get the computer call support and demand the disks. Do not allow them to brush you off by saying Microsoft prohibits them giving you a Microsoft System Disk, which is a lie. Keep going up the food chain until you reach a supervisor who is knowledgeable and agrees to your demand. If you wait until it is out of warranty they will charge you and you will have no alternative but to pay.
The restore disk is easier to use but if you have to change the HD or the motherboard you are forced to use the XP disk or re-buy a new one with a new license) or buy the replacement parts from the laptop manufacturer at inflated prices over what you could otherwise buy them for.
You also need the op system disk to add value added features not installed in the standard installation should you wish to do so.
Edited by Enthusiast, 20 March 2006 - 08:34 AM.