I hope someone knows the answer to this as I could really use the help. It's been a really, really long time since I've worked with the computer. I really want to wipe my computer clean and start clean. It seems like everything is going wrong with it these days. Sometimes my keyboard half works, the USB ports aren't working all the time, I constantly have to restart to get the USB ports working, constantly not responding, just a list. I have taken my personal documents off of the computer and have them on an external hard drive.
If I do a clean reinstall of Vista will I have to have a saved file for all of my drivers? I'm terribly worried about this part. I don't have any driver CDs because apparently they stopped giving out these CDs. The most I can do is create a backup of all of my drivers manually on an external hard drive as my CD player doesn't work to make a CD/DVD back up of anything. So I worry that what if the computer can't read the USB flash because it needs a driver installed first and the driver would be located on the external hard drive.
I have a separate partitition "D" and it says Recovery. What exactly would be on it? Would all my drivers like audio, monitor, USB, and everything I'd need to get connected to the internet be already saved in D? Or would Vista save my drivers as it reinstalled?
Someone please help me I'm very confused. It's been about 15 years since I have messed around. 15 years ago, I had discs and would reformat C and start fresh that way when my computer was freaking out on me.