Loking for some advice here. I have a Dell Inspiron laptop and Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows is "playing up", Explorer won't start properly, Sidebar and Defender have disappeared completely and probably other things I haven't even noticed yet. I've already tried going back to a previous restore point with litle joy, I've even invested in extra RAM. On my wifes laptop she has a Windows recovery disc which allows her to "repair" Windows, but my Dell has a Recovery partition in the hard drive and no disc. The problem is that when I try to run the recovery program it wants to restre the laptop to factory conditions and delete all personal folders and files and programs. My idea was to use the backup function to save my personal folders and programs, then restore the laptop to factory conditions. My question is, will this fix Windows and then restore all of my personal folders and progams or will I lose my programs that have been instaled.
Any help would be appreciated.