I decided it was time to install the Beta for ASP.NET MVC and start playing with it when I’m bored.  My gut was to go to Phil’s blog, dig around, find the link to the Beta, follow it, download it and futz through the installation process.  But I cringed at how painful that process usually is.

Then I remembered reading about the Web Platform Installer on Scott Hanselman’s blog this morning.  I’m typically skeptical of these types of utilities because they usually only half work, and when they fail, it’s really hard to recover.  But I decided to throw caution to the wind and try out this new toy.

After only a few minutes, I got the ASP.NET MVC Beta installed.  Very handy!  Give it a shot.