I downloaded the latest (august) DX SDK.
I installed C# express.
I downloaded the code for the first few tuts.
I compiled the unmodified code for the first few tuts.
Debug version does nothing I can see;
Release versions fail: ask whether I want to send an error report
I seem to have wasted the last 6 hours of my life on this stuff
I know C++ but I know nothing about Windows programming, so maybe I'm missing something obvious, but shouldn't the tutorials just work out of the box? THey compile fine.

Maybe I just need to find a beginning game programming tutorial that actually works somewhere else. <sigh> This one looked so promising though. But now it's very late and I'm a little bit ticked off.