You are absolutely right, Kari.
I mention this only because I did it after I had a lot of programs already installed- it wasn't a Windows 7 re-install.
It hasn't been catastrophic; only a couple of programs 'broke' and I didn't have to re-install the programs to get them to work.
Thanks for the input & link, though.
I'll certainly remember this if I ever have to re-install Windows 7- shee! I hope I don't have to do that again anytime soon