I need some sort of a "checklist" of the most important things to do before, during, and after doing a System Recovery (in my case onto a new drive). I do know to go to Microsoft Updates afterwards to get Service Pack 3 and anything else available there but it's all the extra "non-microsoft" stuff that I need the checklist for and help with. And btw, I don't plan on using Acronis True Image or any similar program. I need a fresh start with a new drive as my system has become very bloated and bogged down with everything I've put on it over the past few years.
So any and all tips, tricks, and suggestions to make this time-consuming process be expedited as painlessly as possible would be greatly appreciated!