I've had my laptop for a couple of weeks but haven't spent a lot of time configuring it (XP Pro SP2) other than some select Windows XP updates. I'm not a big fan of automatic updates. I generally choose the updates after reading the KB info for the update. Generally, I just wanted to make sure everything (particularly wireless netoworking) was working and ready to go. I haven't installed SP3 (saw no reason to at this point). I haven't downloaded and installed any updates from Lenovo for my laptop yet although there appears to be quite a few items available via the ThinkVantge System Update program.
Should the recovery media have been created before the system was altered? In other words, since I have not much time invested in changing the original delivery setup, should I restore my laptop to its initial from-the-factory new state and then create the recovery media? Or, should I restore to the original setup, apply the updates from Lenovo and then create the media?
I am planning on reformatting and reinstalling XP Pro SP2 and eliminate the recovery partition; but I'd like to make sure that the recovery media I create will, in fact, restore the laptop to its "as delivered new from the factory" configuration should the need ever arise.