First of all - if this is a dumb question to all the XP-erts here - I am sorry for being so stupid! I continue to see folks talking about the "XP CD". Well, I have an HP 750n and XP came as OEM on it - and as most(?) of you know - HP in their infinite wisdom does not provide a Recovery CD with the system. They have System Recovery pre-loaded on a hidden partition on the hard drive. "Windows XP can be recovered by running the recovery program available in Window's system tools, or by pressing the F10 key repeatedly when the computer starts up." Then they go on to talk about ordering a Recovery CD: "A system recovery from the hard drive may not be possible in some circumstances. A recovery CD set is needed for the following three reasons: The computer's hard drive has failed The computer's had drive has been upgraded The computer's hard drive has been formatted or re- partitioned." Then they throw in a "NOTE: When you run the Recovery CD set, the hard drive will be re-formatted. Any files or new software that you have saved or installed on the computer will be removed." Okay - people talk about using various functions on the XP CD - like this option and that option and this and that choice. Where do I stand with my " recovery program" in my "hidden partition"? What I am afraid of is not being able to correlate this OEM "hidden partition recovery" to what is suggested on this forum! Hopefully this will make sense to someone and I can get an answer. Overall I guess the bottom line is - do I need to purchase a Recovery CD Set from HP - the $9.95 they rip you off for it is not a problem - the question is - is this (Recovery CD from HP) the XP CD ya'll are talking about???