To format or not to format... Since my pop got his Dell computer last week, he gave me his old 600 mHz to use, which is actually a leap from my own computer (300 mHz - but completely formatted and I thought I had the drivers but now I don't). The thing is a mess - it's got Norton Antivirus Firewall caked in every orifice, not to mention a whole load of other horribly RAM consuming programs that end up making the machine take 20 minutes to fully start up. That's not to mention the spyware and adware that I'm sure is all over it too. I'm wondering now if it's even WORTH formatting the thing, considering the bother that it would be - finding out all the drivers, backing up, making sure everything is where it's supposed to be and I'm not missing anything, then going on with it. Pros - The computer will (theoretically) start faster. All the tripe that bugger it up on occasion (other than the fast that it's a Windows OS) will be gone. I can outfit it with better programs from the ground up. Cons - It'll be a lot of bother. It's a P 600 and I'm planning on a new computer myself once I've got the cash. What do you think?