Seven year-old system
Yes, the system I wrote about is seven years old. I discussed it because you surmised, in one of your posts, that Dell had recently changed their policy. Not true, at least in my case. Dell has been providing system restore CDs for many years.
Now, the HP that I bought a couple of years ago, did not come with a system disk, but with instructions to make my own set of restore CDs. Why I could not use the DVD drive instead of burning nine CDs is a mystery. Buying that system was a mistake on several levels, though.