Despite the topic title, I'll tell you that I'm not really wondering about reformatting. I want to do it. So here's a few questions for anybody awesome enough to answer!
We got a sony vaio from my wife's grandmother. Linky: http://esupport.sony.com/US/perl/model-home.pl?mdl=VGNCR190&LOC=3&session_id=29e884a5892849d521499b6ba3bb134a#/howtoTab
As you might expect from somebody who isn't all that computer savvy, this thing runs like an over-encombered mule with three legs. With no obvious hardware failures, I think the best thing to do would be a little of the old wipe'n'reload. I've already pulled everything off of it that the wife and I wanted to save.
Only problem is, we don't have any of the recovery discs that came with the thing, nor does grandma. So, I'm wondering if anybody has any ideas about how one actually would go about this reformat? I've always done it in the past by choosing to boot from CD in the BIOS and having the windows disc. But that was damn near 7 years ago, and on XP.
With vista (not win7 unfortunately), what are my options for doing this?