Ok, heres my problem. My friend bought a HP laptop that had Vista in it.. So he decided to format his drive and install XP (without copying his backup on DVD thats on his 2nd partition) So.. what happened is nothing pretty much works in XP because of propriatry drivers for his hardware..so I made him understand that he has to reinstall vista.. but the problem is...HE DIDNT COPY HIS RECOVERY PARTITION.. so I went to HP's website to see if there is a way to burn the partition on DVD via XP or some other program and it doesn't work.. Now here comes the fun stuff.. when my friend bought his laptop.. his girlfriend bought one too.. the EXACT same model.. So I was like.. hmmm.. lets burn HER partition with the HP recovery software.. reinstall vista on HIS computer and then burn HIS partition after... well NO! it doesn't work because when we launch the stupid HP recovery in HIS computer after we installed vista to burn HIS backup.. Vista gives an error message in the lines of.. the installed version is already a backed up install and the partition that is on his drive do not match the installed version... I was like WTF!!! its the same dam computer! so I'am guession.. its see's the windows serial number or something and the backup isn't the same so it doesnt even let me burn the god dam partition with IS legit! they are both legit! So to make this story short.. if your computer crashes and you didn't burn your backup to DVD before a crash, your screwed.. their is no way to install your vista? what kind of stupid thing is that? HP doesnt even had a tool that can autoboot and detect the backup partition and install from there.. how hard would the be to do.. !!