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If you're returning the computer, then the supplier should reimage the disk anyway before giving it to another customer. Even if they're throwing it away, they should still wipe the disk. Personally, I'd wipe the hard disk and delete the partition before giving it back anyway.
I don't think you'll get into any trouble from changing the partition size, or even deleting Vista from the machine; I'd actually consider it a sensible precaution before returning a machine to ensure that the next owner didn't get any stuff that I'd installed (or worse, any of my data).
If you want to resize the disk, you can use the gparted live CD, but you need to unmount the partition. Boot the computer from the CD, open a terminal and type "umount /dev/sd* /dev/hd*", then you should be good to go.
Water under the bridge perhaps, but I would advise anyone buying a PC to be sure that an installation CD comes with it.
I think you can use anyone's Windows install CD to restore the mbr, but I agree with the view that it should not matter. As long as you are within their return polices, I doubt if they will care what you installed or removed.
That is correct any windows xp cd will work. How ever do take pixellany advice. Anytime you buy a PC with a windows system always get the Resource CD the real manufacture copy so you don't end up with a boot leg copy or getting stuck in a spot where you need it but don't have it.
excerpt from 'Slackware-Links'
'If you're like most PC users, you probably got Windows Vista with a new PC or laptop. And if you're like 99% of the population, you get your new machines from one of the major manufacturers. Dell, Acer, HP, Toshiba, Lenovo, they all have one thing in common: they don't give you a real Windows Vista installation disc with your purchase. Instead, they bundle what they call a "recovery disc" (that's if you're lucky - otherwise you'll have a recovery partition instead) with your machine and leave it at that.'
you might actually have an iso of the install disk already. My sister brought a laptop with vista and no install disk, but i had a little look about and found the iso image on there. can't remember where but just search your harddrive and you might be lucky.
It seems that a lot of suppliers are trying to save as much money as possible by not forking out the small amount of money for a psychical cd. All for a little more profit.
If you bought this system with vista pre-installed there should be a separate partition that contains the vista image for system restore. If so, do a system restore, there should be a certain keystroke to get into the system restore utility. I'm not sure what it would be on your system (You never said what kind of pc it is) but on a dell it is Ctrl + F11 this should put the system back to its original state.