I have ordered an XPS 17 for my (lovely) wife. The basic specs are:
XPS17 with 1080p monitor
2630QM Intel processor
Windows 7 Home Premium
GT555M graphics card/3gb DDR3 RAM (she does not game at all/neither do I)
2 X 500gb 7200RPM HDs in Raid 0
Software includes Microsoft Office Small Business.
I have separately purchased an OCZ Agility III 120gb HD, and intend to put it in slot 1, turn off the raid and use the 500gb HD for storage. I have cloned several HDs so that's not an issue.
My question: My gut says it is better to clone before first boot, so that activating Windows and Office are done with the new set up. Am I correct, or is it likely that those two software suites have been activated, and that I need to uninstall Office, and probably go through the telephone and explain process with Microsoft?
Your experience/wisdom are welcome, and I understand that my mileage may vary.