It's good to know OpenVINO R2 is released.
When I download OpenVINO R2 and follow the "Installing the OpenVINO™ Toolkit for Windows* 10", then type "demo_squeezenet_download_convert_run.bat" command. The compiler report error when it's trying to compile for Samples.sln.
There is the error : (Sorry for some Chinese character in it)
do you have Release x64 enable in Visual Studio 2017? Are you able to build the samples and open them in Visual Studio 2017?
You will find the script
to build them under C:\Intel\computer_vision_sdk_2018.2.299\inference_engine\samples
Then, in the folder build2017, you can open the VS solution and see if Release x64 is enabled for you and if you can compile them.