Yet another way to get Windows 7 for free: throw a [house] party

I got an interesting e-mail from a dotTechie today (Emrys). The e-mail was a forward of an e-mail Emrys received from Microsoft encouraging Emrys to “throw a house party” and receive free Windows 7 in return. After I finished pouting about the fact that I was not invited, I looked into it. Interesting to say the least:


So… you throw a party and you get Windows 7 for free? Sounds like a plan.

What makes this throw-a-party-get-Windows-7-free even better is it is open to people living in 12 countries: Australia, Italy, Canada, Japan, Mexico, France, Spain, Germany, USA, Hong Kong, UK, and India.

For people interested, here is a little bit more detailed information:

  • Parties will be held between October 22, 2009 – October 29, 2009.
  • The available “themes” for the party are “PhotoPalooza”, “Media Mania”, “Settings up with Ease” and “Family Friendly Fun”.
  • All hosts will receive:
  • One limited Signature Edition Windows 7® Ultimate
  • One Deck of Playing Cards with Windows 7® Desktop Design
  • One Puzzle with Windows 7® Desktop Design
  • One Poster with Windows 7® Desktop Design
  • Ten Tote Bags with Windows 7® Desktop Design for hosts and guests
  • Also included in USA party packs:
  • One package of streamers for decoration
  • One package of balloons for decoration
  • One table top centerpiece for decoration
  • One package of Windows 7® napkins
  • Party packs will be delivered by October 10, 2009.
  • All USA hosts will be entered to win a $750 notebook computer (64 winners in total).

You can sign up and receive more information from Windows 7 House Party homepage.

Thanks Emrys!


Ha-ha I also get the invite!

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  • Ashraf,

    Will there be samosas at your party?

    For those who don’t know:

    more on samosas:

  • mukhi

    really wondering how this party needs to be organized!!! didn’t understand quite a lot although applied for it.

  • Emrys

    As I understand the offer here, a few will be selected to receive Win7 Ultimate and be available to media outlets for the promotion of the new OS. It seems a fair trade to me because I strongly dislike the Vista OS this Vaio came with. I’ve been running 7 in the RC version and really like it, even if it locks up from time to time. To Ashraf, If I get one and you don’t you will be the first one I invite over. My home is open to you anytime you pass through OKC any way. Peace.

  • Ashraf

    @Harry: You are welcome.

  • Harry

    @Ashraf: Ok thanks alot :)

  • Ashraf

    @Harry: I have no idea. So I looked it up for you:

    Will I be reimbursed for the money I spend on my Party?


    As a House Party host, you will receive your host party package and free access to your custom Party Page. But as a host or guest, you are responsible for any thing – food, decorations, party favors, etc. — you choose to provide for your fellow partygoers.

  • Harry

    @Harry: Like i mean, 100% free, other than food etc for the party, they will send everything else?

  • Harry

    And to host these are free?

  • Ozzie

    Alas, according to the list of countries given, there’ll be no house parties in this remote part of the world. And we throw such good parties here, too ….

  • Emrys

    I may have at last given back a measure of what you have given to me; your words are too kind. Yet still I feel like the Geek of the Week. :) This was an unexpected boon from MS; I guess because I let the “phone home” part of the RC operate. I’ll never know.