Yes, it is possible to copy the SWSETUP folder to a DVD, or anywhere for that matter. I have it on a portable hard drive.
The SWSETUP folder contains the installers for all drivers and crap-software that comes with HP computers (Wildtangent games, Norton Internet Security, Vongo VoIP, etc.).
It is possible to install Vista from a Standard Vista disk and then use the SWSETUP folder to install drivers and whatever. The only thing you lose when you do this is the 1GB partition for quickplay (heck even I dont have it since i used those steps in the post i made above). But quickplay is so worthless that it doesnt even matter. Quickplay I think is a way to play DVD's outside of Windows using minimal power. Not 100% sure, but I certainly never use or used it.
Yes, it is possible to install anything you want from the SWSETUP. The HP installer just installs everything silently, but every folder in SWSETUP come with, or should come with a proper setup.exe file to install the program independently. You just have to find the right folder. Give me a few minutes and I'll get a readout of what folders i have and how i have identified them.
MDRhoades: I am not sure. I had a dv9000 with XPMCE2005 on it for a bit, but it was replaced with a dv9500 with Vista, so I never got a chance to try it (nor did I ever have an HP issued recovery DVD). I did create the XPMCE2005 recovery DVD's but I think they are vastly different from the HP issued recovery DVD. Notice how I say "DVD's". The recovery partition on your HP laptop will let you create recovery DVD's, and these DVD's are nothing more than an image of the 10-11GB recovery partition. So when you use these DVD's (three total) it will first wipe your hard drive clean, then repartition your drive to make room for the recovery partition, then copy all the contents of the three DVD's to the recovery partition, then use the recovery partition to restore the system (C
Unfortunately the process of recovering the system (C
partition using the recovery partition (D
renders my directions in my previous post useless as you dont get the option to stop the crap-software install as it just copies a pre-made image of the system partition containing all the crap software.