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Just fresh installed win7 on my new system. how can i check that my drivers are up to date and which are the essentials i should install? Dot net frameworks and such, and tweaks to have it up and running smoothly?

BTW First thing i did was to install the gpu drivers. Are Catalyst Control center open cl, and additional components essential? I'm on an SSD and dont want to chunk up my drive with things i dont plan to use...
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Just fresh installed win7 on my new system. how can i check that my drivers are up to date and which are the essentials i should install? Dot net frameworks and such, and tweaks to have it up and running smoothly?
Best way to check is to just go to each of your hardware's manufacturer website and see if there is an updated driver that you can install(If you don't have a driver for it yet then install the latest one). You generally want to get your chipset, network, video card, and your sound. Those you can get knocked out rather quickly. Then just do what I previously said. After you find all of your hardware up to date, you should flash your motherboard's BIOS to the newest firmware. Different mobo manufacturers tend to recommend different "safer" ways in how to do this with your specific motherboard. After all of this I would do you windows updates, but you can switch up the order how you would like.
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Right, BIOS is the latest, and i also did all of the ones you said. Sound and LAN seemed to have newer drivers on the manufacturers site, but i didnt bother with them cause they seem to be working fine already.

-Website drivers are better from CD Drivers? I guess you could get an even newer driver this way...

As for windows updates, should i check with every update or is it best to always install everythin (required+optional). So far i only update the required and check what the optionals are, but there are so many and i cant even tell if theyre useful or not, and it seems tiresome.

I also need to set a good AV. I used to have NOD on the previous PC, but it let some nasty malware pass through and it got a pretty sever infection. I cant even access the internet from my previosu PC...

Also besides hibernate and system restore what other stuff should i remove to save up space, for my SSD, and besides TRIM is there any other optimization i should perform?

This should be my full set of questions!

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