Recovering without Recovery CDs
Information about recovering the preloaded OS without any Recovery CD.
Coverage of this approach
You can't download preinstalled commercial applications from the IBM website (only updates are provided). Commercial software known to be preinstalled is CD/DVD burning and DVD playback software and Norton AntiVirus. On the other hand, this approach doesn't restore the original setup, but gives you a system with the lates drivers and tools from IBM, that might work even better than the originally installed one.
preinstalled Windows versions and their keys
Windows 98 specific stuff
Windows ME specific stuff
Windows 2000 specific stuff
Windows XP specific stuff
more drivers stuff