Just spent a 1/2 hour on the phone with lenovo trying to figure this one out. First I was on the line with lenovo, they couldn't answer my question, so they put me through to IBM technical support. You don't get a windows dvd with your thinkpad. Basically they said the computer comes with an installed partition(or something) on the hardrive that has an image of vista exactly how it was pre-installed. You can create dvd's of that, but you will just restore windows to exactly how it was when it came out of the box. I told her my reasoning for wanting to reformat the computer was because I wanted to get rid of the software on there that I didn't want. She told me the solution to that was to work with the computer for a little while. Get a sense for what programs you do and don't want and then manually delete those programs you don't want. So, now here is my next question. With vista running, what is a reasonable amount of processes the computer should be running? I'm not one that likes having all this garbage running in the background. I currently have 30 processes running on my desktop with xp. Is 50-60 a reasonable figure to try and reach?