My last post on the less than stellar quality of the SATA drivers notwithstanding, my overall experience with RC1 has been great. Speed is excellent, stabilty is great, and media center is now working!
I now have a dual-tuner PVR 500 complete with FM tuner working smoothly under RC1 media center. So far everything I've tried to install and run has worked great. Still trying to get VMWare Server to work but no luck so far. That's ok, I've got Virtual Server R2 beta 2 to play with.
The next thing is getting drivers installed for my OfficeJet 6110 and Canon S900.
Oh, I almost forgot. There is one thing that's not working. Sync center apparently still does not allow syncing calendar and contacts to PocketPC or Smart Phones. That particular feature seems to be going backward. Beta 2 would at least bring up Sync Center and tell me that Outlook was not configured. Now, Sync Center doesn't even appear when I plug in my smart phone.
Aside from not being able to sync my calendar and contacts to my phone, I'm very pleased with my new daily workstation.