As anyone who got the Longhorn developer bits at the PDC should have had well drilled
into them - 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). You have to treat pre-beta bits with special
tender-loving care: they've not had widespread testing on the broad array of machines
that exist out there in the real world. I should know this by now, having played around
with a few earlier internal builds over the last couple of months. How then did I
manage to make so many stupid mistakes when trying to install Longhorn on my machine?!
Here are five lessons I've learnt - in the vain hope I can save someone else from
making the same basic errors!
Being on the "bleeding edge" has risks - but also plenty of rewards. I'm looking forward
to getting to the rewards bit soon...