I've noticed at one national chain(which I'm not sure if I can mention) that it no longer provides an OS recovery disc with the purchase of their computers. You now have to purchase a recovery disc that their technical/repair departmet burns for you. Now when I purchased my current pc from this chain back in 2006, it came with an OS recovery disc. Also, when I purchased a used pc from an independent computer store back in 2003, I was explained that the Windows XP installation disc came with the purchase and contributed to amount that I paid for the computer. Therefore, what I would like to know is: Is that the common practice for national chains and perhaps independent retailers to now charge extra for a OS recovery discs, even though the recovery discs/installtion discs used to constitute part of the pc's purchase price? And if so, doesn't that negate the idea that 'the prices of computers are going down' if you now have to pay extra for something that used to be part of the purchase price of a computer?