dumb question about system recovery cds

Microsoft Windows 98

is there any way to download a system recovery application on the internet or
does it have to be from the manufacturer's cd? I lost mine. thanks
It depends on the manufacturer - it's possible that a manufacturer will
allow you download the CD provided they have a secure site and you can
identify the system (eg, by serial number).

Have you tried calling the manufacturer and asking for a new CD?