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16 Jan 2013  
blue skies

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
New laptop setup, SSD questions

I ordered a new laptop that should be delivered tomorrow, and I was hoping someone could answer a few questions for me. This is the laptop I ordered: - Toshiba Satellite U845W 14.4" Core i5 6GB Widescreen Ultrabook
Toshiba Satellite U845W-S410 14.4" Widescreen Ultrabook, Intel Core i5-3317U, 6GB DDR3, 500GB HDD, 32GB SSD, Windows 7 Home Premium (64-Bit) - PSU5RU-00Q003
I have never had a SSD before. The Windows 7 will be already installed on the SSD. I was mainly wondering how I go about installing the programs that I use. The SSD is only 32 GB. How much space does the OS take up, and is it advisable to install all or most programs on the SSD (or at least certain programs I use often - Firefox, Thunderbird) - or do those use too much space?

My other question is... I believe Toshiba installs a lot of crapware on their machines. Is it possible to download a clean copy of Windows 7 Home Premium and use the activation key that comes with my notebook to replace the operating system? Or should I just uninstall as much of it as possible?

When I received my current desktop computer, I didn't realize how helpful it would have been to create a partition for just the OS and programs, keeping my data separate. It would have made the backup process much simpler for me. I am hoping to do a better job setting this one up. Any advice or recommendations are appreciated!
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