Free Windows 7 Professional at launch events across the US

Starting September 28 through November 4 Microsoft is hosting free Windows 7, Server 2008 R2 and Exchange Server 2010 launch events across the United States as part of the "New Efficiency" marketing campaign. Attendants of the event will get a free copy of Windows 7 Professional while supplies last.

Here are the list of cities the launch event will be at and the dates the event will be held:

* Atlanta - Sep. 28
* Baltimore - Nov. 9
* Boston - Oct. 5
* Chicago - Oct. 20
* Cleveland - Oct. 12
* Dallas - Nov. 4
* Denver - Sep. 24
* Detroit - Oct. 28
* Houston - Nov. 9
* Kansas City - Nov. 4
* Los Angeles - Oct. 28
* Miami - Sep. 24
* Minneapolis - Sep. 24
* New York City - Oct. 20
* Orange County - Oct. 26
* Philadelphia - Sep. 28
* Phoenix - Sep. 28
* Pittsburgh - Sep. 30
* Portland - Oct. 14
* San Diego - Oct. 26
* San Francisco - Oct. 20
* San Jose - Oct. 5
* Seattle - Oct. 12
* St. Louis - Nov. 9
* Washington - Nov. 4

All you need to do is go here, select your city and register for the event. You can choose to focus on either IT or developer sessions and then pick what product you want to "Deep-dive" into for the afternoon.

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I signed up, i got in for the Baltimore one since NY and Philly were booked. I should have probably tried Washington but i wasn't sure if that's DC or what. Guess it more than likely is since they were naming cities not states. OH well.

I got in.

Seeing im developing software based around the Win 7 architecture, it'll be nice to pull some needed info from the pros.

All the IT pro slots are booked in Seattle, yet they still have developer seats available.

M_Lyons10 said,
Well, that's rather unlikely... They don't generally allow registrations that they don't have seats for, so unless people are sneaking in the back... LOL

That was the point if he got confirmation it is unlikely he would be turned away.

gonzolife said,
it would suck if I drove all the way out there to be turned away so someone looking to just get a free copy of Win 7 can have a seat.

I would say that if you register and bring your confirmation print out with you and get turn away then that is just to ****ing bad.

Well, that's rather unlikely... They don't generally allow registrations that they don't have seats for, so unless people are sneaking in the back... LOL

I completely agree. There should be some sort of verification that you are indeed an IT Professional to attend these. While I am sure that even though the DC event has the IT tracks full I'll be able to slip in early, however, it would suck if I drove all the way out there to be turned away so someone looking to just get a free copy of Win 7 can have a seat. But I have to give it to M$ for doing these events in general. I've gone to the last few and it is a great way to market their new products (even though most of us have been using the software for some time).

gonzolife said,
I completely agree. There should be some sort of verification that you are indeed an IT Professional to attend these. While I am sure that even though the DC event has the IT tracks full I'll be able to slip in early, however, it would suck if I drove all the way out there to be turned away so someone looking to just get a free copy of Win 7 can have a seat. But I have to give it to M$ for doing these events in general. I've gone to the last few and it is a great way to market their new products (even though most of us have been using the software for some time).

I agree 100%. From reading here and elsewhere it sounds like a lot of people not in the field are signing up just for the free copy of Windows. I'm all for people going to stuff that they think would be cool, but they are taking seats away from people that would actually benefit from the event.

M_Lyons10 said,
I agree 100%. From reading here and elsewhere it sounds like a lot of people not in the field are signing up just for the free copy of Windows. I'm all for people going to stuff that they think would be cool, but they are taking seats away from people that would actually benefit from the event.

As I said above, what about students who are hoping to get jobs in IT fields? If Microsoft wanted it as you guys are saying they would have made it so.

trag3dy said,
As I said above, what about students who are hoping to get jobs in IT fields? If Microsoft wanted it as you guys are saying they would have made it so.

...Or given people only the option to Register as an IT Professional OR a Developer? Hm....

Why not New Zealand? WTF. come to Auckland
why because the rest of the world is the cash cow that supports these events in the U.S. otherwise why else do we pay more than they do (and don't say currency conversion)

Telerebro said,
Any word if this will be x64 or 32 bit? Do the same keys work regardless?

I may be wrong, but I *believe* both are included on the same disc upon release, so that should be the case here as well. Don't quote me on that though as I'm not 100%...

Ill be at the Los Angeles one. Maybe anyone from neowin should take some type of Neowin logo, would be nice to meet up with anyone form here. Anyways, i hope they give away the nice boxes with the free copy.

s0nic69 said,
Ill be at the Los Angeles one. Maybe anyone from neowin should take some type of Neowin logo, would be nice to meet up with anyone form here. Anyways, i hope they give away the nice boxes with the free copy.

You know, I hope so too (I like the new design), but in the past they have just been sleeves... The contents are the same though, so Yay! LOL

The last copy I got of windows vista at a launch event was actually a trial product, so im curious to see what will happen here.

Is it 180-days evaluation copy? Or MS really gives out free Win7 Pro full version? I hope that is full version... not the upgrade one..

jsw0824 said,
Is it 180-days evaluation copy? Or MS really gives out free Win7 Pro full version? I hope that is full version... not the upgrade one..


Full version, not upgrade or evaluation.

I've attended a few of these types of events (for everything from OSes to development tools);. in fact, more often than not there's other stuff you can/do get also (from MS and other companies).

That's why I'm playing it safe annd packing my WLM messenger bag.

Great, not only is Windows 7 cheaper in the US but now they are handing out free copies.

Will companies ever start being fairer to people in the UK!

Oh!, Darn they didn't include Hooterville again. Five Hundred miles to Seattle is just a little be to far for free software. The gas and over night stay will buy me two win 7 pro's.

mindscape said,
Does it cost money to attend?


Nope.

I'll be at the Tysons/Falls Church/Vienna/DC Metro event (AMC Tysons 16, IT Developer track) on November 4 (Windows 7 track was full).

PGHammer said,
Nope.

I'll be at the Tysons/Falls Church/Vienna/DC Metro event (AMC Tysons 16, IT Developer track) on November 4 (Windows 7 track was full).

I hope I get in for the DC Metro event too. All full

PGHammer said,
Nope.

I'll be at the Tysons/Falls Church/Vienna/DC Metro event (AMC Tysons 16, IT Developer track) on November 4 (Windows 7 track was full).


Ditto. Navigating to Tysons in the morning will be a pain, but I'll only need to take a half day off work.

It's Ultimate, not Professional. You can see a complete breakdown when saying "Yes" (temporarily, if you're not government) to the "Government" option when signing up.

Great. Sucks that Memphis isn't on the list. The last launch event I went to was in 2007 when Office 2007 launched (got a free copy of it though). Really doesn't make a lot of sense since Memphis is a very large Microsoft market, especially for .NET development.

Well it looks like the Windows 7 one in my area is full. If you sign up for the Server 2008 R2 or Exchange Server 2010 launch event do you still get a free copy of Windows 7?

mls67 said,
yes, and if you get there early enough you can grab a seat for the windows 7 event

The last time I was at one that not ture there a good reason why they ask for photo identification to check-in and "First name as you would like it to appear on your name badge and event the sign in for".

If they are disabled, its likly they are full. Theres only a set number of seats available for these events.

Ive registered for the miami event, windows 7 it.

brianshapiro said,
Why are the radio buttons for the Windows 7 track disabled

I believe they're full. From reading through the discussion here it sounds like a lot of people that aren't working in the industry are signing up just to get the free copies of Windows 7...

I signed up for my local event. I'm hoping I can go. It will give me a great opportunity to know what's going on in the industry as far as Windows 7 goes.

Kevin. said,
I signed up for my local event. I'm hoping I can go. It will give me a great opportunity to know what's going on in the industry as far as Windows 7 goes.

Yes, you can expect MS to give you a frank an honest view of this. Just like they never ever admitted fault with Vista.

zeke009 said,
I love these events. Great way to network and take home some freebies!

Sounds about as exciting as an Apple launch event. Yawn...

I'm guessing this is like the equivalent of Heroes Happen {Here} in 2008, where we got a free Vista Ultimate, Windows Server 2008 Enterprise (2 Licenses!), Visual Studio 2008 Standard and SQL Server 2008 Standard. The only question is, will this one have any events outside the US. Last time, they had one here in Ireland, and the amount of free stuff was incredible! I'm still using Server 2008 as my main desktop OS (it's a great OS btw).

tl;dr: I like the free stuff, come to Ireland!

andrewbares said,
Not after what Europe and Opera did to them. If I was Microsoft, I'd give Europe the cold sholder.

I don't get why there's some people that think the european residents have anything to do with that. It's not us that try to force MS into this direction, its our (stupid) leaders and we can't do anything about it. They don't represent us at all!

wolfi64 said,
I don't get why there's some people that think the european residents have anything to do with that. It's not us that try to force MS into this direction, its our (stupid) leaders and we can't do anything about it. They don't represent us at all!

Well then maybe you have rhoses leaders booted out of office

andrewbares said,
Not after what Europe and Opera did to them. If I was Microsoft, I'd give Europe the cold sholder.

Unlike the rest of Europe, the UK isn't a full member of the EU. We haven't adopted the single currency, and we haven't adopted the constitution. I personally consider the UK to be closer to the US than Europe (not by physical distance, obviously).

andrewbares said,
Not after what Europe and Opera did to them. If I was Microsoft, I'd give Europe the cold sholder.


Microsoft is like any other big company. They don't do anything out of "hatred" or "love" and instead they do it for money. I'm sure there will be a similar deal for the UK and the EU simply because Microsoft wants to drum up support for Windows 7 so they can make a profit...

If they hated the EU and had no care for profits they'd just pull Windows out completly

andrewbares said,
Not after what Europe and Opera did to them. If I was Microsoft, I'd give Europe the cold sholder.


I would hope you won't be the head of any multinational corporation anytime soon with that kind of an attitude.

wolfi64 said,
It's not us that try to force MS into this direction, its our (stupid) leaders and we can't do anything about it. They don't represent us at all!

Under democracy leaders are elected directly or indirectly by majority to represent their own will. As result citizens, who have power to vote, are fully responsible for actions of their leaders. If citizens refusing to accept responsibility of leaders then (a) they don̢۪t have democracy in their country or (b) they are retreating from oath of allegiance given to their country. Usually civilians shift their responsibility on soldiers who must deal with all s**t descended on them because of bad electoral choices done by majority.

So as "European" I am responsible for actions done by European Parliament by default, but also I have a right to defend myself as "individual" by using my personal choices as evidences (if they differ from majority).

rm20010 said,
I would hope you won't be the head of any multinational corporation anytime soon with that kind of an attitude.

The thing is Microsoft is pretty much the Tiger Woods of the computing world. The EU needs Microsoft. If Microsoft just got up and left Europe, people would complain to the EU. Much like if/when Tiger leaves golf a lot of people will stop watching/attending.

cabron said,
no, just put a fake one ;)

Well, I don't know what developers wouldn't work for or own a software firm, so I would suspect that those "making up" company names are just in it for the free copy of Windows 7. Very unfortunate, as the Windows 7 Developer Sessions are all booked up (In my area) already and I'd question how many are now legitimate...

geeze MS has been handing out windows 7 lately, i got 2 win7 rtm keys and 2 OEM preactivated from MSDNAA. I guess i can see how giving out win7 before shelf date is a marketing strategy (only enthusiasts go to launch parties, and they tend to blog/review windows 7 till no end).

ekw said,
geeze MS has been handing out windows 7 lately, i got 2 win7 rtm keys and 2 OEM preactivated from MSDNAA. I guess i can see how giving out win7 before shelf date is a marketing strategy (only enthusiasts go to launch parties, and they tend to blog/review windows 7 till no end).


Microsoft has done this for every Windows launch I can remember...

andrewbares said,
And the fact that they're just a very nice company.

only in the U.S is MS a nice company here in New Zealand they just plain SUCK you guys are so lucky