Attend Microsoft event for free copy of Windows 7

By Matthew ยท 27 replies
Aug 17, 2009
  1. It is my opinion that there has been more controversy over Windows 7's pricing than any other aspect of its coming launch - especially with Apple to offer Snow Leopard upgrades for $29. If you act quickly, though, you have an opportunity to snag a copy of Microsoft's upcoming operating system free of charge.

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  2. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,718   +860

    I just tried signing up for this and a heads up to any government employees. If you select "I'm a government employee," you'll get a follow-up menu listing all the prices of the items (including Windows 7) and given an option to either pay for them, or bring a letter from your ethics officer stating you can receive them as a government employee. Microsoft won't give freebies to government employees (against the law, y'know).
  3. viperpfl

    viperpfl TS Member Posts: 40

    Would love to go but it's almost a 4 hour drive to where I need to go, 8 hours round trip. Long drive just to get a free copy of Windows 7.
  4. Unfortunately with MS giving out free copies of Windows 7 it appears the Windows 7 courses have filled up way to quickly in many cities with individuals who are just looking for a free handout and are not necessarily directly in the IT industry, leaving many techs who would truly utilize it out in the cold.
  5. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,136   +131

    I got put on the waiting list for Atlanta, but I am definitely attending the Miami event. WOOHOO! I'm such a geek :)
  6. PanicX

    PanicX TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 669

    wow, LA is full and OC had just 1 seminar open. Barely registered in time.
  7. Great! If U live in US...
  8. FoReWoRd

    FoReWoRd TS Booster Posts: 204

    exactly for all of us in the UK and the rest of the world still have to pay or buy a new computer with a free upgrade
  9. Nice, but since I'm already prepurchased Windows 7 for home and they don't come into our area until November; I will have already been running it for awhile.
  10. MS...It's always US only...isn't it?
    I'm sure some of great IT techs does not live in US...only benefit to those who live in US...
  11. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    IMO, the Windows 7 Upgrade for $50 is far better priced than Snow Leopard at $29. The latter is just a relatively minor upgrade to an existing OS, while the former is a completely revamped OS based on the Vista kernel.

    What's more, SL can only be installed on Intel-based Macs, leaving the PowerPC users stranded. No such limitations for Windows 7. My old machine with a Pentium 4 2.4GHz Northwood, 2GB of RAM and a GeForce 6600 can run it pretty smoothly.

    Those running Apple's Tiger or Panther need to buy the $170 boxed set. In contrast, a Windows 7 Upgrade disc can be used by anyone who owns a legit version of XP or Vista. That's 8 years of Windows purchases covered, vs only 2 years for Apple.

    EDIT: Seems like they've run out of licenses for the $50 version. It now costs $120 for a Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade. Oh well, it was good while it lasted...
  12. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,718   +860

    Ya know, if the EU wasn't busy suing MS every other day, they might be more open to doing promotions like this there.
  13. Jibberish18

    Jibberish18 TS Evangelist Posts: 646   +89

    I was actually excited to sign up because I thought it was just going to be something that teaches the new features and basics of Windows 7 to the general public, BUT I found out that it's for IT Professionals. So I didn't bother. Besides, I'd be embarassed if I went there and got schooled by Microsoft and asked questions I don't know the answer too.
  14. mattfrompa

    mattfrompa TS Evangelist Posts: 553   +57

    Registered for Pittsburgh, and so is my boss! This will only be my 2nd technology related conference, and I'm actually excited to hear the presentations as well (but of course a free copy of WIN 7 Pro is the main motivating factor).
  15. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    Wow it seems Microsfot its doing its homework. They know that a good(if not the best) way to promto W7 and get aout of that messy reputtion Vista brought is to promote its new OS, with conferecne such a these. And not only that, they are giving free copies of W7, not bad at all. I plan to attend the one in Miami, but here's what I dont get, you have to register for the event as an IT professional? I do know a lot about computers, but I also know I'm no IT Pro. Is this event only for IT professionals, or what?
  16. So what happens if you live outside US your SCREWED. Hardly fair is it.
  17. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    bitter much?
  18. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,017   +2,546

    XP Home is going for $79.95 now! But Newegg probably doesn't ship overseas either. It's turning into a brooding abject bitterness now, isn't it?
  19. davidm71

    davidm71 TS Rookie

    Is this woth my while to attend if I'm an amateur programmer and tech geek? Anyone know what they will be talking about exactly?
  20. Im signed up for it.. Anybody know if they are giving 32 or 64 bit versions of 7 Pro?
  21. Yeah, but if you are in the UK you can get it for half off. I'm not bitching because I don't live there and I understand marketing something like a software license. Microsoft is a US company and it makes sense that they launch here. People in the US miss out on plenty of tech launches because they are in Japan or somewhere else. We get used to it because it's just the way things go. Nobody owes you anything.
  22. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,136   +131

    Do you really blame microsoft though? I mean, after all the crap the EU has demanded from them, I would just stay in the US also.
  23. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    32 Bit. All USA courses are full, and have waiting lists.
  24. teklord

    teklord TS Guru Posts: 483

    I wanted to crash the party and score a free copy of Windows 7, don't know about the waiting list though. Would have been great with the Core i7 rig I hope to build.
  25. I use both Mac and PC in my home and I just want to say that the Mac Boxed Set is much better value than a copy of Windows. The box set includes an OS license, as well as iLife (the closest option offered by Microsoft is Expression Studio, which retails for $599) and iWork (which rivals Microsoft Office Basic, however, Office Basic is not available through retail channels, thus, rivals Office Home and Student or Standard, the difference being in home-only use or use in a commercial environment, retailing for $149 and $399 through Microsoft's website respectively). Even Windows 7 Home Premium, licensed only for home use, $100 a seat, and Office Home and Student, $149 a seat, already exceed the box set price.

    That being said, I've already registered and I'll be driving out to Boston from my home in Connecticut for my free copy. =P
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