Hi, Dpgray:

Dell does not provide a "recovery" disc. You should get an OS disc, as well as discs for drivers and any applications. If you want to buy MS Office, those discs will be provided separately.

On the other hand, Dell desktops do come with a "recovery" partition on the hard drive. This is primarily to provide an easy way to recovery the factory installed software with very little effort if something goes wrong right from the start.