Setting Up The New Laptop

mouseI managed to leverage an issue with my work issued laptop into a new one. It's a LATITUDE E6500 from Dell, and since it's been a while since I've set up a Windows machine, I'm documenting what I do here so I can reference the details next time.

Firstly, it came to me with Windows XP and Microsoft's Office Suite installed. It also had the company install of McAfee and Power DVD DX. The rest was up to me.

I have licenses for three commercial apps I use regularly. These are Adobe Photoshop, Dreamweaver and Acrobat. I started by installing these programs.

I use portable versions of Firefox and Filezilla, my preferred browser and ftp client, so I simply copied these off of a flash drive and didn't miss a beat. I can't tell you how sweet this is. All my bookmarks, add-ons, preferences, passwords and cookies in tact. Damn.

All my music, pictures and source files reside on an external hard drive, so it was plug and play on that front. That just left me with a few free applications to install, like 7-Zip, ĀµTorrent, iTunes, QuickTime, Audiograbber and Google Chrome.

That's it. More and more of what I do has moved into the browser. As apps move to the web, there's less and less to install.

What an age we live in.

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Sweet. I want to sell my pc and get a Dell or HP laptop. But more on the feeling that you just mentioned - I want the kind of situation where you have the computer bring up your specs in any place that you use it. Like the Star Trek world computer. No matter which place you access the computer it's the same - in the shuttle, in your quarters, in any ship - all connected to a main computer.

April 9, 2009 @ 11:39 PM


I bought a Dell Inspiron through a year ago, and it came preinstalled with Windoze Vista...and the bastard crashed the first time I launched it.

I immediately put XP on it and I've been happy ever since.

April 10, 2009 @ 4:21 PM

Toronto Mike

I had the choice of having it preinstalled with Vista or XP. I didn't feel like tempting fate, so I went with XP.

It's funny seeing the Windows Vista sticker on a laptop preinstalled with an 8-year old operating system.

April 10, 2009 @ 4:52 PM

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