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Free Windows Vista to US Residents

Posted in Links, Microsoft Windows XP and Vista, Technology by engtech on November 30, 2006

free windows vistaI’m as surprised as anyone that this is legitimate. You can get a free copy of Windows Vista Business or Microsoft Office Professional 2007 by viewing some web seminars. Unfortunately, this is only open to US residents or I would be all over this like a fat kid on Kate (Winslet) [1].

Despite my usual anti-Microsoft bend, I know I’m going to be running Windows on at least one machine in my house (if only because of limited Xbox 360 support). Having another copy around to deal with the inevitable Windows Genuine Advantage problems is a good idea.

This could be a cheap Christmas gift for the geek in your life.

>> The Power of Together (via Rob and Engadget)

[1] Scientific studies show that fat kids aren’t as in to cake as popular colloquialism might otherwise suggest.

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  1. Sebastian Prooth said, on November 30, 2006 at 8:10 pm

    This is the kind of thing that really gets to me. Why should this only be open to those who reside in the US? I honestly think that is totally rediculous. We are a global community, my ass. I am sorry for being slightly rude but it just gets my goat in a major way when things are only available in America when the rest of the world has just as much right to it.

    Windows Vista is severly over-priced for the version that us “geeks” want to be buying, and now they are going to give it away, but only if you are in America..honestly, it shows how much worth the Vista has if they are giving it away for nothing. About as much as Linux!

    (I am not in anyway attacking the Linux community, the OS’s in Linux’s range are not for me but I do have an install of Ubuntu Dapper Drake on my HDD)

    So…thanks alot Microsoft. Good post. -Sebastian.

  2. Stephen said, on December 02, 2006 at 7:46 am

    Bummer, they’re fresh out. Xbox is one of my main reasons for sticking with Windows too. Even though it’s just .WMV, I’m loving it’s new video support.

    Thanks sharing :)

  3. engtech said, on December 02, 2006 at 8:43 am

    @stephen: have you tried transcode360? http://runtime360.com/blog/

    I can’t remember whether or not it requires Media Center Edition.

  4. engtech said, on December 02, 2006 at 9:22 am

    60 day Trials for Office 2007 are available for download now:

  5. jaybird said, on December 04, 2006 at 10:27 pm

    I’ve got your free Windows Vista right here: http://www.google.ca/search?hl=en&q=%22windows+vista%22+torrent&btnG=Google+Search&meta=

    But seriously, does anyone really want to run this until it hits the magic “Service Pack 2” where it will finally be stable?

  6. engtech said, on December 05, 2006 at 3:55 am

    I haven’t really heard much about it. Surprisingly, there were more blog posts about it when it was in beta.

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