Last year i got a new packard bell computer, ready built. It came with Vista basic pre-installed, so i didn't get a disk with vista on. Now i am planning to upgrade my motherboard and put in a graphics card (currently running on integrated graphics i think?) However i have read that you may have to install new drivers when you change the mother board, or even re install the OS. As mine came pre-installed, can i still format my harddrive or will it completely remove my OS. Since i don't have a disk with it on, if it it completely removed it i would be kinda stuck.
sorry about the lack of information, but i'm not very knowledgeable on this subject as you can probably tell but any help would be really appreciated.
if you upgrading you mother board , its good to have a fresh installation, for that you must need vista disk ,,
if you format you hard drive it will also remove your OS(formatting is a process of erasing your hard-disk , so it also erase all the contents in it)
if money is not your problem try to get vista or windows 7 (go for home premium at-least bcz many advanced features wont work with basic edition)