Microsoft has released an update to the Web Platform Installer application. If you are not familiar with this little tool, you need to check it out. Here is the overview from the product’s home page.
“The Microsoft Web Platform Installer 2.0 (Web PI) is a free tool that makes getting the latest components of the Microsoft Web Platform, including Internet Information Services (IIS), SQL Server Express, .NET Framework and Visual Web Developer easy. The Web PI also makes it easy to install and run the most popular free web applications for blogging, content management and more with the built-in Windows Web Application Gallery.”
Scott Guthrie also has a nice blog post about what it can do for you. When I upgraded to Windows 7, I used the Web Platform Installer to install SQL Server Express 2008 and configure my Web Server and IIS settings. It made the configuration very simple and straight forward. I highly recommend the use of this great application.