Yes, that happens when you buy a machine without OS disks. They usually come with either a recovery partition to boot from and/or a program to make your own disks and/or the option to order such disks for a reasonable price.
If none of the three apply, I shouldn't have bought such a machine. Are you really sure all threse three options are lacking? If they do, you'll need to buy a new license.
The XP that came with your Toshiba laptop is an OEM version and the license is bound to that machine. So we can't discuss transferring it to another machine; that would be illegal.
Okay so this is going to be like a 10 part question. The first laptop is an Acer Aspire 5520-5290. The problem is the way the hard drive is partitioned the OS is at 97.5% max capacity at its cleanest. What I mean is if I do a disk cleanup and remove all the shadow copies, dump files, and other stuff this is where the cpu is at. So I have to do this every couple of days because the drive gets to 99+% and Vista prompts me to do something. First off I hate Vista and I equally hate all the Acer crap that comes preloaded on their laptops. So I want to wipe the laptop clean delete the partition and install Vista from scratch but I have no disks. And I don't want to install any of the extra Acer crap. I mean really 30+GBs for an OS, that is just crazy. Now I also have acquired another Acer laptop that has a fried HD so I need to install vista on this laptop as well. Again this laptop is legit with MS keys but no disks. Now I do have a dead Toshiba laptop with a XP key not being used and was wondering if I could install Xp on one of these laptops? Is there anyplace I can go and download a legit copy of Vista for reinstalls? I can download cracked copies but I have license keys and rather stay legit.