Kendo - 7:41 am on Apr 2, 2013 (gmt 0)
One thing that may be overlooked here is that systems are sold and then need to survive an onslaught of disasters at the hands of virus, power surges and the idiot factor that attacks all computer equipment.
Consequently, the manufacturer and vendor need to minimise support and repair costs (unless they want to go broke) and one way of doing that is by supplying computers that are either idiot-proof or self-restoring. Not much can be done about the idiot factor and here I talking about the guy who brings in his computer because he changed the boot-from-CD option and now his computer tries to boot from from a photo-album DVD. If it can be done newbs will find a way to destroy a perfectly working computer.
But a lot can be done about providing a computer that can be restored easily in the case of software failure. Because users can lose or damage their install disks, the installation software can be stored in a protected partition on the hard drive and if the restoration process can also be seeded in bios, all the better for the end-user because he then has less chance of trashing his computer beyond self-repair.
So why is this made out to be a problem, when it's actually a blessing?