My shiny new laptop has arrived (a Win7 Pro machine), and I will need to spend the weekend installing lots of my favourite software and scripts and data on it.
Would you have any tips on how to go about it? Is there some best practice on installing lots of software fast? Are there any things advisable to do on a new machine before the installation?
E.g. should I restart my system after a certain amount of installs?
It has a 1TB HDD, and 8GB RAM for now (both expandable, but no money left to do that right now). I'll need to install about 50 different software initially to set up my workspace (together it should come to between 200-300 GB of data).
The laptop came with an HP branded recovery DVD, it says
Application and Driver Recovery DVD
Contains software and drivers already installed. For software reinstallation and repair only. This disc contains software for MS Windows 7. For use with a licensed HP or Compaq PC.
Should I still make a recovery image of my own? Is that better to do before or after I install all my stuff?
My current strategy so far is:
- let all the Windows updates download and install over the next couple of days;
- install drivers for my various peripherals first (monitors, printer, scanner, camera, mouse etc.);
- install Firefox, so I can download software to install;
- install Dopus, so I can work more easily with files;
- install MS Office 365;
- and then install everything else (some other bigger software, like Dragon NaturallySpeaking, SmartDraw, but then mostly just dozens of little utilities and scripts I can't live without).
I haven't installed anything on it yet, other than the automatic Windows updates.
Any advice or tips would be very welcome.