Thursday, August 20, 2009

Installing Software to New Windows 7 Machine

I always forget what order to install the software in (in order to get a Officially Microsoft Supported Solution) when doing a new Operating System. I had to do this again with Windows 7. And this is more for my memory than anything else...

Zack's Installation List for New Operating Systems
Lastest List Update 8/6/2009 - Windows 7
I'm running all this with Windows 7 x64 on a Dell Latitude E6500 - and working fine. Your mileage may vary.

Before You Do Anything!
1.) BACKUP EVERYTHING using Acronis TrueImage to NAS or External HD
2.) Verify the Image - Make sure you can restore files from this image
3.) Also copy files and other project via Explorer if you want
4.) Backup Microsoft Outlook Folder (C:\Users\XXX\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook

Software I Use Daily (Install in this Order to achieve a fully supported system
1.) Clean Install Operating System and All Service Packs
As of date above - there are critical updates for Windows 7
2.) Install Office 2007 (Word/Excel/PowerPoint/Access/Outlook/OneNote/Publisher) and All Service Packs
As of date above - at Service Pack 2
3.) Install SQL Server 2008 Developer Edition and All Service Packs
After SQL Server Update - Install Service Pack 1 to address compatability errors
4.) Install Microsoft Project 2007 and All Service Packs
As of date above - Service Pack 1
5.) Install Microsoft Visio 2007 and All Service Packs
As of date above - Service Pack 1
6.) Install Visual Studio 2008 Team Developer Edition
See Service Pack Notice Below - also step 6-8 MUST BE installed in this order!
7.) Install Team Developer Foundation Software
8.) Install Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1
9.) Install Expression 3 Studio
10.) Silverlight 3 Tools for Visual Studio SP1
11.) Install DevExpress Studio
As of date above - at version 9.5.1 (with Beta 9.5.2 if you want)
12.) Install ESET Virus Scanner and Apply Updates Updates

Additional Tools
1.) Mozilla Firefox
At Version 3.5.2
2.) Process XP/Process Monitor/FileMon - From Microsoft TechNet
3.) Virtual PC 2007 and All Service Packs
Don't Forget Service Pack
4.) Magic Disc (ISO Mounter)
5.) SQLiteMan
6.) SQLite.Net
7.) 7zip
8.) VideoLan.Org
9.) XVI32.exe
10.) iTunes 8.0.2
11.) SlingBox SlingPlayer
12.) SQLYog Enterprise
13.) FileZilla Client
14.) SyncBack Pro
15.) Putty and Tools
16.) Agent Ransack
17.) Pidgin
18.) PDF Creator
19.) FoxIt Reader

Addtional Notes
All Drivers are installed as part of Windows 7 except Video. You can download a working driver from Nvidia
Video Drivers - 256MB NVIDIA Quadro NVS 160M for Black Latitude E6500

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