Have read one of the how to guides on reformatting and reinstalling Windows XP. I'm guessing its similar on Vista. However I have a few questions. My laptop, a Sony Vaio, came pre-installed with lots of garbage like a Sony Vaio media centre that I really don't want on my laptop. If I was to reformat, would it restore my laptop to factory settings with the garbage still present, or would it be wiped completely clean? If it is wiped completely clean, I believe I have some sort on disc from Sony with installation/back-up stuff on it so that I can reload Windows back on to the laptop, but would this not re-install all the media stuff that I want to be rid of?
Also, how on Earth can I stop "Desktop Window Manager.exe" from running at startup? It takes my laptop nearly five minutes to settle to a usable state and I've tried searching for it on the net but I got nothing comprehensive.
Many thanks in advance