We are working on a next gen version of Dev Desktop now and will be sure to incorporate your feedback! Much appreciated.
I have installed Acquia Dev Desktop along with Drush for windows, and besides the need to move the files and setting.php from Acquia Dev Desktop multisite installation I haven't found any problem on using Drush on windows. Is there anything I've been missing by using this approach?, I mean why messing around with path variables and stuff if everything is working pretty much out the box.
One HUGE gap in dev desktop for windows users, not sure if there's a similar issue on the linux side, is having to have the applet running to have the site up. There can be any number of reasons a server gets rebooted and dev desktop won't be running unless there's an auto login and it's included in the startup folder.
There really really needs to be a config option to run apache and mysql as windows services set to auto start.
Even when you set it up manually, you'll then get an error when starting the dev desktop applet and the services are already running.
Thanks for great tutorial ;)
Works fine win8 (64)- (Acquia Dev Desktop 7.22)