Windows Feedback Program participants can get Windows 7 gift

Are you looking to get a copy of Windows 7 when it's released sometime later this year? Well it looks like Microsoft is giving out a copy of Windows 7 Ultimate to participants of the Windows Feedback Program who meet certain criteria according to an e-mail shown in the screenshot below:

To those who are wondering what the e-mail says:

To encourage your continued participation in the Windows Feedback Program using Windows 7 RC, we will send you a copy of the commercially released version of Windows 7 Ultimate as a gift within 3 months of its general availability in the US provided that:

1. You are a US resident of age 18 or older;
2. You signed up for the Windows Feedback Program through the Windows 7 beta Community Preview Program; and
3. You have sent data using the Windows Feedback Program automated instrumentation software from Windows 7 RC for at least 4 months.

We would appreciate it if you continue your participation in the Windows Feedback Program after receipt of the gift and send us data using the automated instrumentation software on the commercially released version of Windows 7. However, it is not a condition of the gift. We may offer more incentives if you do.

Thank You
The Windows Experience Team

If you don't fit the criteria, don't sweat, there's still some others ways you may be able to get Windows 7 legally at a discount or even for free.

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Well it stinks that I live in Australia then. Surely it's as simple as emailing a serial number to you and then a download link to the iso. I contribute to the Windows 7 technet forums and post workarounds and feedback on various issues for the good of the final version that comes back. It would be nice for Microsoft not to restrict the thanks gift at the end to Australian users. And no Microsoft Australia does not give any material away to Australian/New Zealand users as someone suggested above.

Saying that it's the nicest OS to date they have done. I have never done this before but I have replaced Windows Vista on my Notebook, 2 desktop versions as it is so stable and has drivers for all my hardware. Two of those are 64 bit installations which I have kept away from for some time.

So I will build a OEM machine when on release and then buy two Home Premium upgrades as I really only need the Media Center features.

One free copy would be nice though /sigh

I must say that Microsoft did a good job at releasing the software to the public early and not making it closed beta. They will sell a LOT more copies that way.

This isn't new. Microsoft did this with those of us who were in it in the beginning. After 3 months we we given the option to have a free copy of one of Microsoft's major software. I chose Vista Ultimate...Which now runs on my machine at this moment. It even came with both the 32-bit and the 64-bit versions. I still am doing the feedback thing. Never uninstalled the stuff. Maybe I'll get lucky again.

It's interesting that now that the WFP has free stuff attached to it people want in. When it was just voluntary everyone complained about privacy and spyware. Maybe you should have signed up for it when there were no rewards. Karma!

i never once complained about privacy i know its a beta and i expect to give feedback simple as that i did it with vista and im doin it with 7 i dont "expect" to get anything for free but it would be a nice bonus for work done

Looks like ill be making windows 7 my primary operating system. i got vista business for free from ms and ill be planning on getting windows 7 for free as well.

Hmm i signed up for this program during the vista days. i downloadedthe client for windows 7 and during the install put in my registered email. the site says i am registered. How do i know if the client is sending the data?

You'll see a couple wfp* processes in memory, but I wouldn't bother since a Win7 news site mentioned that the program was limited to just 500 participants and was closed as of January 23.

Is the WFP thing different from the Microsoft Connect program?

I was in the MS Connect program during Vista and now in 7, and I don't live in the US but I received a complimentary copy of Vista when it was completed.

The offer being available to US residents only is mostly because it's unbelievably hard to give stuff away for "free" in most countries. Tax laws make it especially difficult in the EU.

that maybe so but not every country has stringent laws about giving stuff away there's no law in new zealand thats states if a company wishs to give away freebies to a select group that they'll taxed as long as no money changes hands there is no taxing of it here

I got the e-mail myself a few days ago, so I downloaded the feedback tool and am all ready to go. It'll be great if I can get a copy of Windows 7 from the program in case my former college doesn't provide it when it's released.

Ok i must have deleted the email i think i remember seeing it now and thinking it was just usual MS junk. What should i do now!? Can i just download the feedback tool?!

Yes, you can still download the feedback tool. Just enter the same e-mail address it was sent to in the setup wizard.

Kevin. said,
Yes, you can still download the feedback tool. Just enter the same e-mail address it was sent to in the setup wizard.

Ok i must have been seeing things cause entering the email addy tells me that it's not in the system or whatever

Steven77 said,
Ok i must have been seeing things cause entering the email addy tells me that it's not in the system or whatever :(

Go to the WFP page and click on "My Information". You should be able to enter your e-mail address there and get a follow-up mail if you were invited earlier.

To everybody complaining that this is US only, what do you expect? Microsoft is a US-based company, founded in the US. Also, no one is entitled to a free copy of Windows 7 - this is just a perk some people are able to have.

Just because some of you are not able to take advantage of this perk, it doesn't mean we can't have a meaningful discussion about this article and your thoughts are welcome whether you agree or disagree with Microsoft's strategy.

I've already had to remove a few innapropriate comments already. Please remember if you have nothing meaningful to post, just move on Thanks.

Calum said,
To everybody complaining that this is US only, what do you expect? Microsoft is a US-based company, founded in the US. Also, no one is entitled to a free copy of Windows 7 - this is just a perk some people are able to have.

Just because some of you are not able to take advantage of this perk, it doesn't mean we can't have a meaningful discussion about this article.

I've had to remove a few comments already. Please remember if you have nothing meaningful to post, just move on Thanks.

Sure but their using foreign labour and well they do have establishments overseas , at least in my country they do

So please dont say its a US company blablablah , but say that the US Law is easier on them for doing this stuff ( Like several other companies - Blizzard being one of them - Prizes = US only )

Akaruz said,

Sure but their using foreign labour and well they do have establishments overseas , at least in my country they do

So please dont say its a US company blablablah , but say that the US Law is easier on them for doing this stuff ( Like several other companies - Blizzard being one of them - Prizes = US only )

It was originally a US company, founded in the US by a US citizen.

It's since expanded overseas, but that doesn't take away from it's history.

I wasn't saying that was one of the reasons, or the sole reason, they are not giving these copies away to Windows Feedback Program participants outside of the US, I was just raising a point that it was originally as US-based company.

Not only that, but no one is entitled to a free copy and many people seem to believe they are. Being given a free copy is a perk and it is nice of Microsoft to do so.

The reason they have not announced they are doing this outside of the US probably is to do with tax laws and other economic factors.

Calum said,
It's since expanded overseas, but that doesn't take away from it's history.

And prior to 1776 the US belonged to the Kingdom of Great Britain, but they don't still lay claim to it, and a lot of "Microsoft" services/technology started elsewhere.

But its nothing to do with nationalistic ideas, its more likely they need x amount of people and they can acquire that from the US solely - which then makes it nice and easy/simple to distribute the free copies.

It's because of tax laws I believe microsoft chooses to follow because of the price/value of Windows i think thats why it's US only because of the diverse laws around world for gift tax and stuff or some who don't and that.

Nah I doubt it, I think it's more down to looking after their home region.

Also while thier US offices are the headquarters, their main charge would be North America along with overseeing global operations. These type of things would probally be delt with by the regional offices for each region and it's probally upto them whether they do it or not (e.g. Microsoft Australia on occasion gives stuff away for AU/NZ citizens only). Just a guess.

when was that the only times i've seen it it was for hardware rebates or at technet gatherings but then it wasn't to everyone who attended it was more a raffle/lucky draw
and as far as i know as long as its a gift there is no tax on it here in NZ

Then what about all of the bug reports I sent for Beta 1 & RC1? You'd think they'd mention something about it then than a few months prior to release

Glendi said,
Why, is feedback from non-US resident not helping them? o.O

Because Microsoft doesn't care. I have been bugging them, along with many other people, to allow us to use an ATSC tuner in Canada. However, they refuse to enable it in Media Centre. So I have to set my location at somewhere nearby in the US to get it to work...its probably one line of code to enable it, yet they refuse.

zivan56 said,
Because Microsoft doesn't care. I have been bugging them, along with many other people, to allow us to use an ATSC tuner in Canada. However, they refuse to enable it in Media Centre. So I have to set my location at somewhere nearby in the US to get it to work...its probably one line of code to enable it, yet they refuse.

maybe its a law?

It's not that, they are looking after their home region. They care about the feedback from non-US residents but they can't conceivable reward all of them, now can they? being a US based company it only makes logical sense to reward the US based testers. There is nothing to say their regional offices aren't doing (or planning to) the same for their respective regions anyway.

um im pretty damn sure there are MS offices here in new zealand but i doont see them offering the same deals those in the US get yet i to have furnished MS with fedback and bug reports

"You have sent data using the Windows Feedback Program automated instrumentation software from Windows 7 RC for at least 4 months."

Where is the feedback software in the RC?

gamestargrinder said,
"You have sent data using the Windows Feedback Program automated instrumentation software from Windows 7 RC for at least 4 months."

Where is the feedback software in the RC?

Open up the run menu item (or enable it so you can use it) and type in:

rundll32.exe FeedbackTool.dll,ShowWizard

Had to google search to find the bloody ******

When will people in other parts of the world that DEPEND on US companies stop complaining when those companies put people in their own country first for special offers. How often do you see major software companies in other countries offer free things to US residents?

roadwarrior said,
When will people in other parts of the world that DEPEND on US companies stop complaining when those companies put people in their own country first for special offers. How often do you see major software companies in other countries offer free things to US residents?


First? No, not "first", "only" is the right word. Only in their own country.

thealexweb said,
Grrrr US only, when will Microsoft learn that the US isn't the denter of the universe anymore.


Microsoft is US based, what do you expect?

I guess it might have to do with "other peoples" in "other countries" learning to spell properly.

The word you were searching for is "CENTER", not "DENTER".

Has your country ever offered special pricing for or has given-away anything made by your country only to your citizens? Guess what...it happens all the time!

ScottKin said,
I guess it might have to do with "other peoples" in "other countries" learning to spell properly.

The word you were searching for is "CENTER", not "DENTER".


I couldn't agree with you more.

Oh, and it's "CENTRE", by the way. Silly Americans.

jubber2002 said,
4 July, 1776

You do realise the day America celebrate independence isn't the day it was actually signed/declared? (technically it wasn't deemed a separate country for years). Yes I know it makes no sense, just like the constitution that came subsequently made no sense as it contradicted the reasons America wished to have independence.

mmck said,

When did it start?


thealexweb thinks it started, if he didn't why would he say "anymore" ?

I never said anything about when or if it started, but he did. So I asked "when did we stop".