Just installed VS.NET 2003 and am not happy with the end of the installation. Apparently it's built-in update/security fix apparatus requires that IE be configured as your default browser or some such or it can't get to the net. It also tries to fire up WIndows Update for you after installation, which sent my Firebird window to windowsupdate.microsoft.com where I got, of course...

Thank you for your interest in Windows Update

Windows Update is the online extension of Windows that helps you get the most out of your computer.

You need to be running a version of Internet Explorer 5 or higher in order to use Windows Update.

That's lazy. It's poor programming. I might expect it out of a contractor selling a few small apps... or even a contractor creating a system for a homogenous intranet. But I do not like seeing MS assume the world is using only their software. Usually MS has great ideas filtered through a money maximization machine, which often castrates the great ideas or at least undercuts them. This, otoh, is just lazy.