When I try to install Visual Studio 2005 SP1 in Windows 7 RC my machine freezes or blue screens half way through. Has anyone else had this issue? If so, did you solve it?
A system freeze or blue screen (a.k.a. bug check) usually indicates a buggy device driver (which includes virus scanners and software firewalls) or failing hardware. (An overheating CPU or bad RAM can cause random data corruption, and it's even possible for a crashed hard disk to cause a bug check if the pagefile was located on that disk.)
If you post some of the text from the top of the blue screen, someone might be able to guess which one it is.
Without some more information about the stop error then there isn't a lot we can do to help you.
I would suggest you make sure all your background applications are stopped, especially if you shoe horned in some funky software that doesn't support Win 7 right (like Daemon Tools, etc.) You may need to uninstall some things.
If that still doesn't work then try rolling back your drivers to the ones that installed by default with Windows 7. If that doesn't work then try updating to the latest drivers offered by the individual hardware manufacturers.
Edit: Removed VS2008 reference.