Although I am not new to computers or reformatting, I am in no way experienced either. I am just a little nervous about reformatting the computer (m170, scheduled to be delivered tommorow, 4-17) that I just got and possibly messing something up. I read through the guide from notebookreview, but still feel iffy on doing it. I wouldn't need to do a back up of anything will I? (Since I won't have stored anything of mine on there yet) Am I supposed to download all of the updated drivers before I do a reinstall of windows, or wait until after I reinstall to dl the updated drivers? And then the whole partition thing, delete the backup partition, but save the one for Dell MediaDirect. How do I delete one but not the other? UGH, confusing. I have reformatted and reinstalled XP on a few computers, but when it is MY BRAND NEW laptop, I am just a little bit nervous. I guess I should print out and read and reread the guide at work tonite, but if you could help me with the other questions, it would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance!!!