WMP is available for separate download: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/d...c-a6cef9b414c4
I think that Windows 7 N was shipped with IE8. I'm not sure how to render it visible, but I'd start with the "Turn Windows Features On or Off" button in the Programs and Features control panel. (I'm in the USA. I thought that Europeans were supposed to see a Web browser selection screen during Windows setup.)
You shouldn't need to re-install Windows 7.
I don't know what the "best" flash player is. I use the plugin for IE8 X86 (32 bit) from Adobe (www.adobe.com
). There is no plugin for the X64 version. (Windows 7 includes both X86 and X64 versions of IE8.)
Java works fine on Windows 7 X64. You'll need separate plugins for the X86 and X64 versions of IE8. (Both are available from www.java.com
Why does Windows 7 list both the rated clock frequency and the actual overclocked one? I don't care.
I have a Velociraptor 300. There seems to be very little difference in perfomance benchmarks between IDE and AHCI modes. At the moment, I'm using AHCI mode, using the Microsoft drivers. (I've also used the drivers from Intel, for my Asus X58 mainboard.) I don't know what to expect for continuous data transfer speed for a Velociraptor 150 as compared to 7200 RPM drivers with higher platter densities. The Velociraptor should have shorter seek times, though, due it its faster head positioning mechanism.