Can I go first?
I just received my Zino today, but I am still stuck at work. I'll get home right after Midnight and will start configuring the Zino right away... The Zino is going to be my HTPC in the HT room, but will serve light browsing/webmail/torrent duties as well.This is my plan of attack so far:
1. After the first boot up, I'll be poking around to see if the config is indeed what I've ordered. I'll take some notes, see what else can I discover.
2. I'll see if I can actually make a bootable DVD (in case of emergency later...). I think Windows 7 let you do that right out of the bat. (If not, I can just visit MY DELL DOWNLOADS later for them - based on the literature, they let you create backup media from online.) I will burn a "Drivers" DVD as well if the option is presented.
I will also change the boot order to CD(DVD) DIVE FIRST if it is not set up by Dell that way yet.
3. I was thinking long and hard of making a drive image (clone) to an external HD right away (I have a Western Digital HD I could use, therefore I am eligible to download the free utility that is a somewhat crippled version the excellent Acronis True Image 2009) and maybe even performing a clean install, but I think I'll just run PC Decrapifier (Previously Dell Decrapifier), then see what else can I find that is not worthy of my glorious new HTPC.
Still, I am planning on making a drive image later. (Right after I have everything installed and working!)
4. Connect the Zino to my wireless network, head online and download/install Microsoft Security Essentials right away (new free antivirus software from MS, lean and mean...)
Visit Windows Update as well, make 7 fatter and happy
5. I am thinking of installing the following FREEWARE apps right away (I have 4GB of RAM, so I can afford some stuff running in the background):
- Mozilla Firefox, maybe Chrome
- VideoLan VLC 1.03
- Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
- Spybot Search & Destroy
- Revo Uninstaller
- Powerpoint Viewer
- Adobe Reader
- Adobe Flash Player 10.1 (duh)
- Google Earth
6. Run msconfig from the Start menu, stop certain apps (of the just-installed software) at startup.
You guys might have noticed that so far there was nothing HTPC specific mentioned above. Well, there is a reason for that; I AM A NEWBIE MYSELF! I have to discover (and learn) things first, before I can decide about future directions. I am going to take it slow and start with the (excellent!?) Windows 7 Media Center. I still have to get my WHS going, decide about which lean and future-proof container/file format to convert my media into (if any) (mostly DVD ISO-s), then see how I can serve it up to 7MC (and other devices in my household). And that is just the beginning... I have so many toys to integrate... But the Holidays are coming, and I am planning to get so much done!