I am looking to buy a laptop, which presumably will come with Windows. I would like to be able to run Windows in a VM if needed. The last few laptops I've set up for friends and family all came with restore discs, or worse, restore partitions with no media at all, none of which let you install into a VM. I've been unsuccessful in researching which laptop to buy in finding out whether an actual install disc is provided that would let me do this. Are there perhaps some code words I should be looking for? Or perhaps a website out there that tracks whether particular laptops include restore discs vs. actual media?
I know I can just by a laptop without an OS and get an off the shelf version of windows, but for the level of laptop I'm looking for, it is generally cheaper get get it bundled, and I mostly only use Windows to do family/friend tech support, so it isn't worth paying full retail for that.