Posted 08 March 2012 - 10:23 PM
I assume you haven't got the system yet and are planning to have most things you'll need ready to install when it comes.
Are you planning to do a full clean install? Does the system come with Windows pre-installed or with install disks?
What version of Windows will be installed on it, Windows 7, Windows 7 SP1?
Anything MS, like ActiveX, will be addressed when you do your updates. If you aren't sure what's loaded on the system I'd grab the SP1 download that matches what you bought; IE: Windows 7 Pro SP1.
I tend to avoid Java myself, to many holes, but if you must have it get it from Adobe, not from any links other sites might point you to.
If your video card is "special" get the latest driver from the vendor such as Nvidia or ATI. Same goes for the sound card/chipset.
You can also go to the system vendor and see what the latest BIOS version is and what changes it contains. Then when you check your BIOS version you can see if it should be updated.
Most of the rest should come with the system or already be installed if OEM.