Concur with itpro , espeacialy since you are tinking of buying a SSD.
1) Yes down load all the win 7 drivers.
2) NO but that is NOT a problem. Windows 7 has an excellent Back-up app.
... Once you complete the windows 7 installation and all looks GOOD. Goto controll panel, elect back up, then on left side select create a system image. Since this is a single drive laptop, recommend you put the image on your back-up USB HDD - don't have, not nice (LOL). Should you ever need to "reinstall" windows, just pop in the repair disk (or windows installation disk), boot to the DVD, select repair, then restore from image - WALLA, 15 minutes later you reboot to the exact state the system was in when you created the image. NO re-install windows, wait for windows updates, no reinstall drivers and programs. Will not even have to re-activate windows. ONLY will have to re-load what ever changes were made after the image was created.
NOTE: for a single drive laptop, a 60 gig SSD is just to SMALL, also they are not cost effect when compared to a 120/128 gig SSD.
There are several things you need to do for a SSD, while installation is basically identical for SSDs and HDDs there are some minor diff, and tweeks you should do for a SSD. Such as:
.. Verify BIOS is set to AHCI, not IDE
.. Disconnect HDD before installing OS to SSD (Not a problem for a single drive Laptiop)
.. After installation to SSD need to 1) verify defrag is DISABLED, disable hibernation ect