Get Windows 7 Professional Free By Attending Launch Event (US Only)

Attend the free event, take home Windows 7

Microsoft is launching Windows 7 by hosting free events in major cities in the USA.
Sign up for an event in a city near you, attend the event, and receive Windows 7 Professional.
To register, click on the Attend An Event Near You link at the site, pick a city and follow the directions to register.

http://www.microsoft.com/business/thenewefficiency/default.aspx

These events usually fill up quickly.
If this event is like the last one I attended, you'll need to register for a free half-day workshop on some aspect of Windows 7, Windows Server 2008R2 or Microsoft Exchange Server 2010.

Attend The Free Event, Take Home Windows 7

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by Anonymous on 4. September 2009 - 22:19  (32167)

Yeah, Ubuntu is a great OS. But it still can't do it all like Windows. I have Seven, and though I've never been a M$ fan, I love it! When Ubuntu is finally able to seamlessly integrate peripherals such as my network drives perhaps it'll get another shot. I have numerous types of software that I simply cannot use with Linux. Lastly, migrating from Windows to Ubuntu, or any flavor for that matter, is not as easy for the average user as some would like to make it sound! I believe that Linux, et al, still have a ways to go before they can effectively compete with M$ products. Sorry...

by rhiannon on 4. September 2009 - 23:17  (32170)

Linux has come a long way in short time, especially when you consider there are so many distributions. Mac and Windows both have the advantage of having corporate funds to develop their products. It may not be ready for the average user just yet but I can see it coming, especially with Ubuntu.

by Jojo Yee on 5. September 2009 - 1:47  (32174)

It's a long journey for Linux. Another good news is that the Chrome OS based on Linux will be coming soon. It has big corporate funds, but yet to be seen if it's a potential rival to Windows and Mac.

by rhiannon on 5. September 2009 - 2:15  (32175)

That's true, considering the funding, research and development sources behind it.
Should be interesting. =)

by Anonymous on 2. September 2009 - 0:07  (32008)

M$ is giving W7 away to the nerds & techies so that they won't be tempted by OTHER operating systems; but their non-tech buddies, clients etc. have to pay for it. Clever. Too bad their engineering isn't like their marketing.

by Anonymous on 29. August 2009 - 5:52  (31800)

>> What's so good about Windows 7?
I like the new UI feature where if a window is maxxed on one screen on a multi monitor setup, you don't have to minimize the window prior to dragging it to the other screen. Other than that... control panel and network setup is more on the PITA side vs. user freindly. Also, when ran as a 64-bit host OS on a Lenovo box with E6550 cpu, 8GB Ram, 1TB drive and VMware Server 2; guest OS are much more responsive when Ubuntu 9.04 64-bit workstation is ran as a host than Windows 7 Ulimate 64-bit. Looks like Windows is still bloated!

BTW, if your paying for the event, your copy of Windows 7 is not free.

by rhiannon on 29. August 2009 - 18:14  (31865)

To the best of my knowledge, all the launch events are free. No fees to attend anything, just register, show up, attend whatever seminar you signed up for, and you're good to go.

by Anonymous on 27. August 2009 - 12:13  (31643)

After enormous amount of failure and grudges over 'Vista' they actually need to offer Windows 7 free to make it up to every Vista user . Otherwise no one will buy it seeing their previous version.

I also think if given a choice of Windows XP at the time of Pre-installed OEM Hardware/Laptop/Desktop purchase still people will go with XP.

I only hope Windows 7 is not a as big disappointment as Vista.

by Anonymous on 6. September 2009 - 16:58  (32239)

Good news! You won't be disappointed. I've been running Windows 7 since the initial beta, about 8 months now, and I can tell you it's pretty darn nice, and snappy. Easiest install yet. Sweet UI. Awesome file search capability - way, way! better than XP and that's not even debatable. Less hardware requirements than the previous OS (that would be Vista), something that is unheard of. Completely unheard of! So, if you haven't checked it out, don't worry. You're in for a pleasant surprise, imho.

Regarding Vista, here's my first hand experience. About 2 1/2 years ago, my girlfriend bought a $450 HP Athlon 64 X2 4400+ Vista Home Premium desktop with 2GB RAM and integrated graphics -- a simple, middle-of-the-road machine. I immediately cleaned out the pre-installed 'crapware' (easy enough to do), and it has run quite well ever since. She's never had a crash, never been infected (running Avast Home free), never had any problem with it whatsoever. Heck, I even installed and played some UT2004 on it. And remember, that's with crappy integrated video. So, my experience with Vista has shown me that it's a good OS.

Frankly, if you've have a bad experience, then it's most likely that you can point a finger at the hardware developers who dragged, and I mean dragged! their feet in becoming compliant before Vista's initial release with MS's clearly stated driver-signing requirements. In other words, MS had made it plainly known to hardware manufacturers/developers 'well ahead of time' that unsigned drivers would not be allowed to install in the next OS, which was Vista. Most hardware people got their act together, some didn't. The few that didn't were responsible for a major chunk of the bad PR on Vista in the early days. That reputation has been hard to live down, but that's how it goes. That's over and done with now. Today, Vista users rarely encounter driver problems, but when they do, it is because the manufacturer will not create drivers to support some of these older products because it's not cost-effective to do so, according to their internal accounting. :) And if you think that new-OS problems are unreasonable or solely the domain of Microsoft, you should Google how Apple has broken things in the past with new OS releases. That's not a knock against Apple, just pointing out that stuff happens. And that it is addressed in time, and everyone mostly) moves on.

by Anonymous on 27. August 2009 - 2:35  (31614)

I READ EVERYONE WHO HAD VISTA WOULD BE GIVEN WINDOWS 7 & IT CAME
FROM PC WORLD EMAIL.

[Moderator's comment: Email address removed.]

by Anonymous on 28. August 2009 - 19:11  (31758)

That's nonsense.

by Anonymous on 26. August 2009 - 22:43  (31592)

Gee, some of you folk sure like to gripe about things... you like to complain without ever having TRIED what you're moaning & groaning about, I bet. All most of you "COMPLAINERS" care about is "getting it all for FREE", as though MS OWES you all the hard work done by others. Have you even TRIED W7 on a system? It is what Vista SHOULD of been to start with. All my systems are dual-boot... XP and W7... some 32bit only, some 64bit only, some both. So far, I am TOTALLY impressed with W7. I won't even put together systems with Vista now; just either XP or W7... or BOTH!

by Anonymous on 26. August 2009 - 14:05  (31560)

What's so good about Windows 7?

by Anonymous on 6. September 2009 - 17:23  (32242)

Sweet-looking UI, easy installation, improved networking, desktop gadgets, improved search capabilities over XP/Vista...

Built-in *.iso burner, libraries that make file access and sharing easier, improved UAC...

Faster than Vista, runs on Netbooks...

Um, more?

Improved taskbar functionality - definitely nicer than XP, XP Mode, touchscreen support...

Better management of unneeded services. Win 7 turns them off until you need them.

Faster than Vista.

Has a '7' in its name. :)

by rhiannon on 26. August 2009 - 17:57  (31569)
by Anonymous on 26. August 2009 - 13:33  (31556)

I had to do developer for Maryland - IT professional is already full

by Anonymous on 26. August 2009 - 13:07  (31553)

Dallas is full too.

by Anonymous on 26. August 2009 - 12:37  (31546)

great, got in the Minneapolis morning event
Thanks

by Urbane.Tiger on 26. August 2009 - 11:42  (31544)

The only reason to get Weven is because you were daft enough to get Vista or M$ pay's you to have it.

I guess I'll have to get it for free when I have to buy a new computer. That'll be a while though, I just upgraded this one, new mobo, Quad processor, 16GB RAM and an SSD system drive - 64bit XP working fine.

by Anonymous on 26. August 2009 - 17:45  (31567)

On this machine, you really should be running Windows 7 Pro or Ultimate 64-bit. That would make it scream.

by Anonymous on 26. August 2009 - 8:26  (31533)

You can waste your time on such event, OR you can just download Ubuntu Linux :)

Why this site has articles only for Windows software? Almost all of the Linux programs are freeware.
Many of them are multi-plaftorm (which means they can run on Windows and other OS-es too).

by Anonymous on 6. September 2009 - 17:54  (32243)

Linux is great because it's free. And Ubuntu is one of the best Linux distros for the typical home user.

But not because it easily, and the word is 'easily', supports games and office applications, or even multimedia apps of your choosing. Sure, I've heard of WINE. Still, you're dependent upon WINE developers to support your game or app. Otherwise, no-go.

If you have the inclination and the time, and you don't mind trying to figure out how to do stuff with Linux that Windows/Mac do right out of the box, then Ubuntu is definitely for you. I've used it. It was fun configuring an ATI video card to run properly and getting all the Logitech mouse buttons to work as they should. It took hours of forum research, but I did it. To be fair, this was about 3 years ago with Ubuntu 7. But I liked doing it. It really was cool to be able to do that.

So, yes, a lot of folks are aware of Linux and its strengths. Yet they still use something else. And the most likely reason is that Linux (while vastly, vastly improved to suit the average home user) is still a pain, and a huge waste of time in their experience.

by Anonymous on 26. August 2009 - 19:14  (31577)

Target market. Windows still holds the biggest share of all PCs, and if you want to reach the most people possible you work with Windows regardless of it's flaws

by ramfisher65 on 24. August 2009 - 22:17  (31458)

Yeah, got in the Boston Event...yahoooooo

by Anonymous on 23. August 2009 - 20:16  (31391)

the picture on the box shows windows 7 ultimate, not professional.

by Anonymous on 22. August 2009 - 20:04  (31339)

Aww...no fair, I'm from the UK! So I can't get a free copy of Windows 7! But at least us in UK get it for half the price! Finally something for us! See here: http://www.neowin.net/news/main/09/08/19/windows-7-to-sell-in-uk-for-hal...

by Anonymous on 27. August 2009 - 7:02  (31626)

same...no fair, I'm from Belgium. US=0$, UK half price, Belgium Full price.

by aapont on 21. August 2009 - 9:30  (31264)

I am in for the Boston event. Thanks for the heads up.

by Anonymous on 20. August 2009 - 20:47  (31245)

I must be doing something wrong. The page shows Detroit isn't "in red," i.e. it's full. But when i try to register as either an IT Pro or developer, I'm taken to a login page asking for my user name and password established when I registered...catch 22! (Help!)

by rhiannon on 21. August 2009 - 2:14  (31254)

When I registered for the Vista launch event, I had to use a Passport/Hotmail/Windows Live account. The same may apply here - I haven't signed up since none of the events are anywhere near me so I can't say either way but it may be worth a try.

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