First impression: the new loading animation is quite snazzy (especially in comparison to Vista's "we forgot to put in the logo" blank screen with progress bar).
Wonder what prompted the change in heart to make them put the snazzy animation during the initial boot process. The rationale for the blank screen in Vista was that they were trying to save time everywhere they could in the boot process (in fact, the
edition of XP was removed from the boot screen in SP2 because detecting it took too much time).
I also find it interesting that it doesn't ask you which edition you want to install (or even for a product key during setup). Vista and Server 2008 asked you which edition all the way back into the beta and RC releases: does that mean Microsoft's listened
to their customers and is going to ship a single edition of 7?
Installing to a VM right now... then I shall see how well it works.
Okay... so don't install the VM additions.
Made the system unbootable. Windows Startup Repair worked nicely though: did a system restore to prior to installing the VM additions and I'm back up and running.
Rethinking my plans to install on the Mini 12 once it comes in... this really isn't working out all that well.