HEY, that is what these forums are for... exchange of INFO!!!!!!
The restore disk is where Toshiba dropped the ball... Your options are only to restore the Toshiba produced image on the laptop. There is "talk" in the manual about how to create your own "custom" install image that will not install all their bloatware and this lappy comes with alot of crap installed!!! I used another copy of my XP home and then used the Toshiba XP license key so it would be legit. Once you use your personal XP home disk you can use their restore disk to install all the necessary drivers so that is a good thing. You don't have to go searching the Toshiba website for all those drivers and things. The Toshiba also has a automated FTP function to check for updates on their server which is nice as well if you like that sort of thing.
One thing to mention is I had already rebuilt my machine from a clean XP install and installed the drivers when I realized that the express media player software HAS to be installed before the operating system is installed!!! What the crap!!!!! According to Toshiba, for express media player software to work you MUST first install the media player software from the software disk (provided separately from the recovery disk). Then you must run the complete Toshiba recovery disk (installing all that bloatware again). Another strike against Toshiba.
Even with these drawbacks I would not switch, I just hate that I will be unable to use the express media player as it has some nice features if I ever wanted to use it!