Sources: Microsoft, Comet, Guardian [sale of Comet], DailyMail [sexual harassment lawsuit]
quote: You can get recovery discs from the PC makers. They are the ones you bought the computer from if you are in a "need a recovery disc" situation. You are not a customer of MS, you are a customer of the OEM who happens to use an operating system by MS to power what they are selling you. MS does not supply recovery media to OEM users because they have no reason to. Blame the PC makers, not Microsoft. They license Windows, modify it to their OEM needs, and distribute it under an OEM license to the end user. They are the ones who should supply recovery means. They certainly can, they just don't to save money. The fact that comet was getting 100% profit from selling pirated discs, keys or no keys, means they are in the wrong.
quote: HP charges $40 for a recovery kit for any of their PC's.It's cheaper to make the discs yourself, but more expensive to opt to buy a whole new license from Microsoft.