I just got a refurbed Dell e6410 with Win 7 (because of the xp thing).
It just arrived. I haven't even fired it up yet, but I did notice it came with a Dell Win 7 sp1 x64 Restore disk.
I'm guessing this means there is a partition on the drive that contains the Win 7 (that's how my old Win XP came on a Dell notebook).
I was going to create an image of the hard drive 'as is' before I do any Windows Updates. Would this be the right thing to do? or should I do an image after all the Windows Updates are done. Doing both sounds redundant but seems safer to have both versions. I'd be keeping the images on a portable hard drive and probably copying the images to the HDD in my desktop as well for storage.
Anything else I should do before I start loading anything onto the new notebook?