Change power options for maximum performance and turn off automatic sleep. This ensures ongoing access when remotely checking on lengthy software installations and updates. Once setup is complete, power management can be set to a more energy efficient configuration.
Install Teamviewer and configure. This allows for the remote management and monitoring during lengthy updates and software installations.
Make Google the default search engine and startup for Internet Explorer. MSN with Bing is the default. Using MSN as a startup page takes longer to load because of all the images and ads.
Install iTunes if you would like to have the Apple iTunes store and software for purchasing and playing music, reading books, watching movies, etc. You may want to use this if you have an iPod, iPhone, or iPad.