Windows compiling, vs 2010 thirdparty, samples, optimization

Ok, i got latest source, and thirdparty, however, i dont know where smaples are. I am not sure are they really needed, if they are where i can dl them?

Win 7x64, VS 2010 ultimate
i tried with makepanda, ppremake sounds more complicated to use…

And there came allmighty missing thirdparty error msg. And ofcourse, i have it in root of source (dir where direct,dmodels,doc,dtool… are)

Can i make optimized build with makepanda? O2 flag?
And is it possible to use all 4 cores for compilation?