Point taken, whs. I am a student with very limited money, and if something goes wrong, I cannot afford to replace my computer. Also, I don't have the time or inclination to learn how to use Linux, given it is as complicated as you say.
Ignoring Linux then, I would love to know the quickest, easiest, safest method of starting from scratch, of wiping my hard drive and reinstalling Windows. Now, I don't have any of the original software or manuals that came with the computer, as I inherited it from my late grandfather when he passed. What will I need to make sure the re-installation runs smoothly?
Thanks again for the prompt and respectful responses.