Posted 22 January 2013 - 03:06
I always download and keep a library of all drivers for all hardware that I own, but I recommend going with installing the OEM's version of Windows, simply because it has the recommended (if older) drivers already installed. It will probably be quicker for you to load the operating system from that and uninstall or disable the few applications you don't want then to manually hunt for missing drivers for customized hardware. Then again, I tend to buy business systems from Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, etc. and not consumer-grade systems, so I suppose it is possible there might be a lot of of unwanted software on those OEM installs.
In any case, one the operating system is installed, be sure to begin installing Microsoft Windows Updates, whatever driver updates you need and security software, and don't use your web browser until the system is fully-patched and secured. You can then begin reloading your old data from your backups, too.