....if you have documentary evidence that you are the owner, Dell should be able to replace the recovery discs with a minimal cost. The shop where you bought the computer may have copies of the discs for just a time as you are now in, or help procure them for you.
I have a dell comp and had it for quite some time.. .unfortunately some time down the line we moved and mom accidently threw away my xp restore discs and I have no way to format my drive due to the fact I do not have the xp disc to put back on my comp. I am sure I have a virus of some kind as my comp is real slow. my mom refuses to replace my discs and I don't know what to do... can anyone help me or tell me where I can get the xp operating discs.. be it download. PLEASE