So I took the plunge, I did a destructive re-install. Problem now is that my computer doesn't recognize my sound card, video card & worst of all the wireless card in my computer. When I go to Network Connections in the control panel, there isn't even an icon for the wireless card. Does this mean I need the driver for it? Hopefully I can download it somewhere & then with access to the internet, the other 2 drivers will be out there somewhere for Windows to find for me. Any help is appreciated.
Yea you probably just need to reinstall the drivers. I don't suppose you have a driver cd that came with the computer when you bought it? or perhaps your computer has a recovery partition (that does seem to be the norm for companies like dell and hp nowdays)?
If nothing else i hope you at least know what type of devices you have in your computer. List the specs for them and I am sure someone can point you to drivers for them. At the least if you know who made the devices you should be able to find drivers for them on their manufacturers websites.