It worked just fine.
Coupla' things though.
With only 460+MB of RAM, as you might expect, I could almost hear my machine groaning under the burden of the RAM requirements (and I'm maxed out at 1GB of RAM for my vintage 2004 machine, so I can't really add more).
The whole install from start to finish took about 45 mins. As I recall, whs's install of the beta took about 35 minutes, but then whs had a whole lot more RAM dedicated to it. But once it installed, it seemed very nimble.
Since I'm still using XP, the W7 GUI was VERY different. I haven't had the benefit of working with the VISTA GUI, which as I understand is somewhat similar. So, my learning curve is steep, and while I spent an hour or so playing around with the thing, I think I'm going to have to take the "tour", which I've not done with any other version.
One thing has really perplexed me. There is an ominous message that I have to "activate" the thing within three days (or is that just something the RC has in it for the final, and I can ignore it as a "tester"?) So I tried to get on line with it, but the thing would not recognize my ethernet card. Then I tried to "update" the driver but it gave me a message that it coudn't find a driver (my ethernet card is a "National Semiconductor DP83815-Based PCI Fast Ethernet Adapter").
So then I went to the National Semiconductor site, but they seem to be pretty much out of the PC business. Then I went to the HP site (my machine is an HPze4700) and did in fact find a driver for the ethernet card, but it was only an XP driver (dated 2003). I would have downloaded and tried that driver but I couldn't figure out a way to get it on to the VM partition.
Bottom line, I'm at a dead end trying to figure out how to get on line with W7, but then if this "activation" thing is not something I need to worry about, I really don't need to . . . besides, it's going to take me quite a while just to figure out how to get around in the thing before I even start worrying about getting on line with it.
Can't really evaluate much of it right now, except to say that the VM installation went fine and the thing looks pretty slick.