I’ve got new laptop, a Toshiba Portege R700 which as usual comes with quite a lot of bundled software pre-installed. Also the version of Windows 7 installed is the 32 bit version.
I decided to put a clean install on there of Windows 7 x64 – which meant downloading all the device drivers from the Toshiba site ready to install after Windows.
To install Windows I followed this guide to install from a USB key rather than DVD. The Windows install I had was an ISO image anyway, so rather than burn it to disk just for the install using the USB key seemed like a better option. After all - optical drivers aren’t up to much, they’re slow, noisy and unreliable (well they have been for me anyway). Using the USB key worked like a treat - seemed to install quicker too and the machine didn’t sound like it was about to take off into space.