According this blog post by Tom Rizzo, Microsoft has released Beta 1 this early to give people time to evaluate WinFS before the PDC. I am very curious how WinFS has progressed since October 2003. At that time it was a big memory hog.
This are the system requirements according to the release notes:
- Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional with Service Pack 2 (SP2) or Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition with SP2.
- A 2.0 gigahertz (GHz) Intel Pentium 4, or AMD Athlon, or compatible processor is required. 3.2 GHz or higher is recommended.
- 512 megabytes (MB) of RAM or higher is recommended.
- An NTFS file system partition with 700 MB of free space is required to install and run "WinFS" Beta 1.
WinFS Beta 1 requires Beta 2 of the .NET Framework to be installed. The SDK can cooperate with Beta 2 of Visual Studio 2005.
I seem to qualify and I like living on the edge with alphas and betas so I am going to install it on my main Windows XP partition. This installation has survived several alpha and beta installs, so if WinFS drives it over the edge, so be it.
Tell tale signs that a reinstall is due:
- A couple of months ago my Windows logo + E key combination inexplicably stopped working. It should fire up a new Explorer window but is now a no-op. All the other Windows logo key combinations work fine and Google hasn't helped me.
- The programs menu starts to fill up the entire screen and it takes about 10 seconds before it appears the first time I click Start | Programs.