I downloaded the Vista RTM image from the MSDN subscription on the very same day it was published but didn’t have enough time to sit and install it. I finally did it last night and here are my observations: the overall OS installation time (fresh install, not upgrade) has drastically come down compared to pre-RTM releases; RTM took about 15-20 minutes to install. My laptop is an AMD 64-bit (HP dv8000) based one and installed th 64-bit Vista. The side-effect is that some of my devices (audio, modem and mass storage controller) don’t have 64-bit drivers bundled with Vista. No issues with enabling Aero class effect though.

I will be installing Office 2007 and Visual Studio 2005 too on this installation. I hope I don’t get into any surprises :-)

The much awaited .NET 3.0 (aka, WinFX) is now available for download in RTM mode! This also means Windows WPF, WCF, WWF & CardSpace all available in RTM too! :-) Go get them:

.net 3.0 Runtime alone: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=10CC340B-F857-4A14-83F5-25634C3BF043&displaylang=en

Vista SDK: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=C2B1E300-F358-4523-B479-F53D234CDCCF&displaylang=en

WWF Designer for VS 2005: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=5D61409E-1FA3-48CF-8023-E8F38E709BA6&displaylang=en