I have now installed the consumer preview using a VHD as my drive and booting on the bare metal.
My first problem is I never realised how much I used the start button until now!
I am just setting up .NET 3.5/2.0 and installing Visual Studio 2011 Beta as well.
This is going to be my primary OS over the next couple of weeks to give this OS a fair chance rather than just ranting about how I hate the new metro interface.
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