I did my research and found no recovery partition....support tells me I need an external drive and I currently cannot afford one...is the a link I can redownload Windows XP Home?
What did your research tell your about the reason there is no recovery partition? That's a very unusual condition, so much so that it needs more explanation.
Is it too much trouble for you to list the make and model of your netbook?
You can get a bootable OS (Linux) installed on a USB flash drive and even install it on your 'Netbook.Ubuntu Desktop