If you're looking for the cheapest possible way to get your hands on Windows 7, you might be interested in a free copy of Windows 7 Ultimate - but you'll need some understanding friends.
As reported over on TechRadar
, Microsoft is hoping to boost interest in its next-generation operating system by offering the chance to get free limited Signature Editions of the top-end Windows 7 Ultimate OS - by hosting launch day parties.
If you're willing to risk alienating a bunch of your friends, you can apply
host a party between the 22nd and 29th of October to be in with a chance of getting both the Windows 7 Ultimate Signature Edition plus "your very own Windows 7 Party Pack
Microsoft has very kindly provided a choice of thrilling themes for your party: Media Mania, Setting up with Ease, Family Friendly Fun, and - seriously - "PhotoPalooza
." Once you've chosen your theme, you'll receive assistance from "House Party, the world's leading party organizer
" and have the opportunity to "upload photos and videos, chat with other hosts, blog your experience, and download fun favours all from your personal House Party page
While it's certainly a fairly cheap way of getting your hands on the next version of Windows, it remains to be seen just how much fun you could have with a theme of "Setting up with Ease
." Rumours of a "take a shot for each exclamation mark in Device Manager" are, as far as can be seen, totally untrue.
Do you think that the offer has tempted you into throwing a Windows 7 Launch Party, or does it smack of pyramid-scheme style selling on Microsoft's part? Can you suggest alternative themes that might make the party a little more interesting? Share your thoughts over in the forums