Microsoft giving out 777 copies of Windows 7

If you live in one lucky town in the Netherlands you have a chance to get a free copy of Windows 7. Microsoft will be giving out 777 copies of Windows 7 to the town of Zevenhuizen, which translates to "Seven Houses".

The lucky residents will be getting a copy of Windows 7 Ultimate. There are a few restrictions however; the user must be in possession of a PC with Windows as the primary OS, Mac users will not be able to obtain a free copy, and Linux users are out of luck too.

Residents can go to " The site explains that there are four options to choose from for getting Windows 7: pick up a copy, bring the computer over to have it installed, have Microsoft come pick up the PC and bring it back with everything installed within 48 hours, or have Microsoft install it for them at home."

As Microsoft continues towards the Windows 7 launch date, they are looking to promote the new OS in any possible way. Keep your eyes peeled as you may be able to win yourself a free copy from Microsoft too!

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Downside Of Windows 7
First Off. Windows 7 has alot of BS hype in terms of it's name. Arguing about it's name is a waste of time, when discussions should be around its functions and/or improvements or new features, which seems heavily lacking. MS Vista's home blog has even more hype over the 6.0 & 6.1 distinction without really talking about Windows 7's core, or features, or functions, whatever they may be. So far gimmicks, contests, and jingles seem to be the major feature of Windows 7. ROFL.

As usual, MS OS Upgrades bring hellish nightmares, regardless of discussions. The majority of MS OS Upgrades regardless of OS Version seem to fail 2/3s through (Win95 through Win 7). The full version from clean install seem to have the least problems (installing). I've returned 100% of all Upgrade versions I've ever purchased and swapped for Full versions to get around installation bugs in the past (regardless of OS version).

For Windows 7 Upgrades, alot of users report an infinite reboot after 2/3s through the upgrade installation from Vista to Win 7. On the other end, alot of users have reported bugs and crashes through the upgrade installation from XP to Win 7.

Windows 7 (6.1) is still the Vista Core (1950's EMACS base language - brought back from the dead by two Microsoft elder employees - They're probably in their late 60's to mid-70's by now) which is completely different from the C/C++ base language of XP (Win NT/95/96/97/98/ME/XP). Windows 96 & 97 were released in limited editions to corporations, but major bugs and improvements weren't hammered out till 1998.

The Windows XP mode's/module's purpose is to ease transition from Win XP to Win 7 (get as many users to convert), but should also be noted that this support will be short lived and phased out once Windows 7 seems to have a sizable user-base. Estimates range about 9 months to 1 1/2 years before MS completely phases out Windows XP Mode support (who knows what Microsoft will actually do in the future though).

The final or improved version of the Windows XP Mode (module) should be released soon if not already, and can be downloaded from Microsoft (either this week or next week). The Windows XP mode feature can be enabled or disabled, and is not a core part of Windows 7. It's only for compatibility purposes so users can use hardware and software that works with Windows XP (not 100% guaranteed). Since this support will eventually be phased out, Windows 7 users with Win XP software & hardware, should be prepared to 'completely buy' new software & hardware that they were used to (all office applications, game applications, etcetera, or a complete trashing of previous software & hardware investments). Supposedly, Vista users won't have to worry about this, but who knows until Windows 7 has been played with for a year or so.

It should also be noted that the United States government and other national/international governments had issued executive orders of a complete ban of Windows Vista installations onto or into the government systems & networks internal mainframes, due to too many hardware and software conflicts & incompatibilities --within 2 weeks of Vista's public release. Since Windows 7 uses the Vista Core, it no doubt will also be banned by a majority of governments systems.

To give an idea of an example cost: U.S. Cheyenne Mountain computers still use the legacy COBOL systems because the estimated cost in 1997 to completely replace the system was around $2.2 to $2.4 Trillion, which would have eaten up over 2/3 of the U.S. budget for the year and would have shut down the government for all practical purposes. The U.S. budget rounding 2008 was around $6.8 Trillion estimated budget, and a little over $7.1 trillion (actual spending by year end).

U.S. Patriot Missile Systems (a GEM version) still uses Windows 98 today. Nothing wrong with the OS for it's purpose and function. Upgrading to a new OS would cost money that doesn't need to be spent, or taking away funds better used on other projects or elsewhere.

Windows 7 is more hardware intensive, so everyone (regardless if current XP or Vista user) should be prepared to completely replace both RAM (much larger memory) & Hard Drive (larger hard drive) before buying Windows 7.

I kinda feel sorry for RAID users, if some the harddrives fail to function anymore. It's estimated that about 12% of users will have to completely buy a new computer outright to use Windows 7 (who knows what the real value is - this is just statistics which isn't error proof).

The better OS upgrade/clean install question is:

1. Do I really need a new OS for my current functions & purposes?

2. Do I really need to maintain a supported OS for my current functions & purposes?

*It should be noted that a large majority of corporations, especially Data Center & Network organizations are reserving a right to fallback and downgrade immediately from Windows 7 to Windows XP (or any other previous OS) within an instant (however fast they can downgrade and revert backwards in the shortest amount of time).

*If you do go with Windows 7, don't throw out your Windows XP or Vista yet. Just rip out the harddrive with the working OS (XP/Vista/other) and save it. Should be simple plug and play IDE/SATA cable and power, if you decide to go back.

*You don't really have to pull the original Harddrive from the computer if you have enough space for another Harddrive (just unplug, or just change cable position order, or just change boot settings to the new/other harddrive). Make sure to use another harddrive for Windows 7.

*Better to have this fallback/revert/OS downgrade option, than to be stuck and screwed. If you decide to buy Windows 7.

[Definition] STUCK & SCREWED: Windows 7 OS doesn't work for whatever reason; can't use or access files you really need now; can't use a software you really want to use; can't use a hardware or peripheral (camera, phone, printer, scanner, gps system, plane-train-automobile, drivers & firmwares can't be upgraded or updated for unknown reasons, data center and/or network problems crop up for unknown reasons, etcetera); Microsoft's, AT&T's, and T-Mobile's combined Danger (cloud computing system) has crashed once again wiping out all of your portable data & what you thought was a backup of your crucial or critical data (gone forever - too bad).

Plus Side of Windows 7
Windows 7's real spotlight is more in the corporate end (Data Centers & Networks) than in the individual end-user.

Windows 7, Microsoft Server 2008, and *'Microsoft's Virtual Machine (VMware) Backup System' was the original total package intent to fully utilize Windows 7 (costs over $32k).

*Note: This name for the MS backup system might be incorrect.

Having two computers in a network, one primary and in current use and one secondary backup), if the primary computer crashes (data center/network) for whatever reason, the entire network can switch over to the backup computer without the requisite of having to reboot the system, the data transfers & transition to the backup computer transparently, seemlessly, without any service interruptions, and all "while windows is live and active" (which Microsoft OSs couldn't do before).

Microsoft also sells their own server units for $150k - $400k if you're interested in the complete software & hardware package and want to be able to fully utilize Windows 7's functions.

What do you think?

Why only 777 ?
My suggestion, since I hear you ask -
if you really must base promotion on numerology, give away 7,777,777 copies.
I await mine...

They have to give them away in the Netherlands. The only ones actually buying a copy are businesses. A dutch doesn't think twice to pirate a copy instead of paying retail.


Wait a minute! Windows Vista is Windows 6 right?
So it's true that it was "Satan Inside".

At least we have the "Luckey Seven" now.

- Well, everything here is offtopic, and there is nothing much to comment about.

PowerPatrick said,
Wait a minute! Windows Vista is Windows 6 right?
So it's true that it was "Satan Inside".

At least we have the "Luckey Seven" now.

Not really, Windows 7 is 6 as well, 6.1 to be precise.
It's not the first mislabelling - the Workstation version of Windows 2003 was mislabelled as "XP 64".

Well, I am aware that Windows 7 has 6.1 as the internal and kernel version, but it's still the seventh major release which somehow is also indicated by the build numbers, while Windows Vista is the sixth major version and have 6.0 as the internal version as well. I think we all know that, the version, build and release numbers of their Windows are complicated. But remember that my post above only was a joke.

One more thing is the different family classification of Windows that is called NT, 9x and 3.x. And that 2000/XP uses the NT kernel, while Vista/7 uses it too, but a modified version of it that was codenamed MinWin. 95/98/ME partially uses a DOS kernel. And when the list continues.

Wow, Microsoft has been giving away lots and lots of Windows 7 copies.

I'd love to see them making exciting commercials, remember XP's "Ray of Light"? It was so cool and unique. Now all their ads are blah...

mmck said,
It cheaper to run these things in Europe - considering we pay so little for 7, is less money lost in sales.

The cost of 777 copies is less than zero for MS.

toadeater said,
The cost of 777 copies is less than zero for MS.

777 x Euro price < 777 x USA Price ... therefore in potentially lost sales they aren't loosing so many sales.

Also the fact the specify a town makes me believe they have probably picked somewhere with less users running windows and less likely to upgrade.

Yes, but they decided that writing the actual version on the box wouldn't look that good, so they write "Windows 7" on the box rather than "Windows 6.1".

Speaking of the number 7, they should also run a free giveaway to inhabitants of cities with one of the modern Seven Wonders of the World (according to the ASME). :P

thugilex said,

Just for ****s and giggles, I would make Microsoft come over and install Windows 7 on my modern day high hardware PC.....running Windows 3.11.

Just to see the face :P

powerade01 said,
Just for ****s and giggles, I would make Microsoft come over and install Windows 7 on my modern day high hardware PC.....running Windows 3.11.

Just to see the face :P

Please, someone get a person out there in NL to do this and record it!

RuudJacobs.NET said,
It pronounced Zay-vun-huy-zen :P Dammit, I don't live there and "I'm a Mac"

+1 this is actually better than mine, why didn't I think of it

Removing the elderly, the young and houses with multiple people but single computers - they may as well give it to everyone. The number 777 is probably just a gimmick.

seta-san said,
i think it's zoo - ven - how - zen

Ze-ven-hoi-sen is the closest I can think of and I'm from The Netherlands myself :P

-Alex- said,
I think it's closer to Zay - ver - how - zer in terms of English pronounciation. ;)

Hmm not really... look at what +RuudJacobs.NET said a few posts under this one, that's the exact one.

thealexweb said,
Wouldn't it make sense to allow people with PCs running Linux to get a copy, it would be boosting Windows' market share.

Perhaps they are trying to reward current users.... sometimes a better marketing strategy... keep the ones you have already happy...

jerzdawg said,
Perhaps they are trying to reward current users.... sometimes a better marketing strategy... keep the ones you have already happy...


I think they are tired of Windows XP. Like an article on Neowin before, Microsoft is competing againest what they made 8 years ago now. They want Windows XP taken off computers, and they know in many places people do not know about other releases of Windows except the infamous Vista known for it's bad press.

People around me think Windows is pretty weak. They all love Mac, see the article for thanking Steve Jobs for making the world a better place. That's what people are changing into now thanks to those dumb Apple commericials.

I think they are doing a good job. And I also like Macs, I have a 24" iMac, I do not think Macs are bad, but I just don't like how uninformed most of the people here on Earth (young people still in school) are.

thealexweb said,
Wouldn't it make sense to allow people with PCs running Linux to get a copy, it would be boosting Windows' market share.

the reason is that microsoft cant risk having to back up and then replace all the user's data as you cannot 'upgrade' from another os so you would have to do this.