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Thanks for your feedback, jph. On balance, I could care less if Dell have a working copy of Windows or not. This machine requires a new motherboard which they claim they can no longer supply. That's the reason they have replaced it with a new machine. I doubt they would have done that if they really did have a motherboard in stock. Given this fact, it would be impossible for them to refurbish this machine so, if I wipe the drives clean and the recovery partition is lost as well, I cannot see why that would be a problem for them.
You may remember from other posts I have made here, the reason they wanted to change the motherboard is because the Thunderbolt ports keep randomly ejecting anything connected to them. A fresh install of Windows would not solve that and I note on the Notebook Review forum that I'm not alone with this issue.
I reread your comment and take on board the part where you said "unless of course you captured a Reflect image of your system when you first received it and still have it handy to restore with Reflect."
I'm guessing you would recommend me to do that with the new machine but should I do it with just the fresh Windows install or should I first add my most crucial programs? Either way, should I ever need to restore to such an image, it is clear that all programs and Windows itself will have undergone a myriad of updates so, is it really that useful?