Originally Posted by woodman
Have you checked the manuals of your computer for instructions on how to access the recovery partition? These instructions will also normally show you how to make your own backup recovery DVD for in-case the drive containing the recovery partition fails. Some computers come with an installed utility that can do this. Again, check the manuals.
If your new computer does not have a recovery partition, and you where not provided with a recovery DVD (even if it is only a Vista OEM disk), then you should query the supplier as to why you don't have these options.