Tim Sneath “Five Silly Mistakes to Make When Installing Longhorn
“ is extremely useful. I wish we had this before
we installed. Pay special heed to: “Don't bother installing it as a Virtual PC image unless you have a seriously well-specified machine; certainly not if you plan to play around in any depth with the sample applications that ship as part of the SDK. By well-specified, I mean a machine with more than 1GB RAM, a 3GHz processor, and ideally a separate hard drive / controller for the Longhorn image. I could swear that I heard the sound of laughter from my laptop when I fired up Longhorn for the first time as a Virtual PC image. (On the other hand, installing Windows Server 2003 / Whidbey / Yukon works a treat in a Virtual PC, and I've been using this combination quite happily since spring.)
“ Mine was indeed laughing even though it was a 2Ghz Pentium IV laptop and 1GB Ram. He makes the critical point that most people don't get, “this is a developer preview
release. This is the earliest in the product cycle we've ever given out bits without requiring stringent NDAs, to the best of my knowledge (although the first beta of Windows 2000 - Windows NT 5.0 as it was known at the time - was pretty ropey too).
“ This is so true and I as a bleeding edge early adopter am very grateful for this and will deal with these scenarios. The point is, as with any software this early, is if you are not prepared to bleed heavily, then don't install it-)