Bill's Unboxing Video of his Windows 7 Ultimate Party Pack

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Mark Vergeer
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What!??? No Party!!???!??

Whaat you're not going to throw that Windows 7 party?!!??? ;)

Hmmmm. That Windows 7 would be great on my MacBook, I'm running the RC1? on Parallels now.

I will probably upgrade to Windows7 from Vista on the main desktop.

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Bill Loguidice
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It's not a party without

It's not a party without you, Mark!

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Rowdy Rob
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Fascinating.

I thought the whole "Windows House Party" thing was a joke, a marketing gimmick, and whatever else non-real. I had no idea Microsoft was actually expecting people to really throw a party over this! What a strange idea! Then again, we had "Tupperware" parties in the 70's and 80's, so who knows?

Perhaps you should keep this stuff sealed up and untouched! You are a collector, after all, so perhaps this thing might be worth something down the road. I imagine it's going to be somewhat rare, after all! But then again, free Windows 7.... I probably couldn't resist tearing that out of the package.

Thanks for showing this. Heck, this video should be of interest to people far outside the AA circles.

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Matt Barton
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Indeed. It is an interesting

Indeed. It is an interesting marketing gimmick that obviously is working (it's got us all talking about it and even filming it!). I'm sure lots of people will actually throw a party, and it'd be kinda hard NOT to talk about Windows 7 at such an event.

And why shouldn't we celebrate it? People celebrate the Super Bowl, etc., things that ultimately have no impact on our daily lives. Windows 7, by contrast, could affect you on a daily basis if you install it.

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Chris Kennedy
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I seem to be finding ways to

I seem to be finding ways to force myself to pay full retail for Windows 7. I didn't preorder. I didn't consider (know about) the party idea...I am just doomed to have to pay for the upgrade, I guess.

Been running the release candidate awhile. Seems like a decent OS.

Have fun with the party goodies, Bill.

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Matt Barton
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I'm in the same predicament,

I'm in the same predicament, Chris. Not really eager to mess with my main, and no other computer I have would be worth the effort. I think I'll probably sit tight with Vista until I'm ready to upgrade to a new machine.

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Mark Vergeer
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Upgrade musings....

Elise:
Windows Vista: Core2Duo Laptop 1.5Ghz, 2Gb, integrated graphics -> Stays Windows Vista ? (daily use)
Windows XP: AMD2 core cpu, Acer mini desktop 2.0Ghz, 1Gb, integrated graphics -> Stays Windows XP! (daily use)

Mark:
Windows XP: Core2Duo Dekstop 2.8Ghz, 4Gb, 9800GTS Nvidia games rig -> upgrade to Windows 7? (occasional gaming use)
Windows XP: Pentium4 Dell Optiplex GX270 2.0Ghz, 2.0Gb, 6200 Nvidia -> stays Windows XP! (server)
Windows Vista Ultimate: Core2Duo Acer Desktop 2.0Ghz, 4Gb, 8600 Nvidia -> stays Windows Vista? (daily use)
OSX Snow Leopard: Core2Duo MacBook Aluminum Unibody 2.4Ghz, 4Gb, 9400M Nvidia -> Could dual boot with Windows 7 or run it in parallels easily, do so now with Windows 7 RC and use that as a Windows gaming platform as well.
MacMini: OSX 10.4.11
G4: OSX 10.4.11

I don't really see the point in upgrading to Windows 7, perhaps for the gaming rig if the hardware remains current enough for more newer games. I don't plan on upgrading that hardware anytime soon. I think I will keep my daily use desktop Vista because if you maintain it regularly it chugs along in a reliable manner -> am I wrong to keep it Vista?
I would be interested in installing it Dual Boot (Bootcamp) or in Parallels or VMWare on my MacBook.

So at worst I could need 3 copies of Windows 7, perhaps even 4 if Elise wants it on the Laptop - we do need to expand the memory on that then.

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Bill Loguidice
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I already ordered two

I already ordered two upgrade copies off of Amazon for $50 each when there was that small window that retailers were doing so. That should arrive at the very end of this month. Of course those are not the "Ultimate" versions with the Windows XP virtualization mode. I really have only two main systems, my laptop and my wife's. Both of those will naturally go from the Windows 7 RC to a clean install of Windows 7. Most likely mine will get Ultimate and Christina's will get the regular upgrade. I'm still torn about building a cheap gaming rig and putting Windows 7 on that, though I'm probably just fine with my Pentium 4 Dell as a gaming PC if I don't run the games at a high setting. I'll definitely have to do some experiments, but worst case - if you want to call it that - I'll just sell one of the Amazon copies of Windows 7.

I'm looking forward to setting aside time to install Windows 7 , because both our systems could really use clean installs. I even bought a new 320GB 7200RPM hard drive for my laptop to replace the old 80GB 7200RPM that's in it right now. This way I can transition without worry of having to pull stuff from a backup.

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Chris Kennedy
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Clean Install

There is nothing quite like a fresh install. It's like taking a shower after going camping for the weekend. Ahhhh!

I am dual-booting Windows Vista and 7 on my primary machine. All the laptops run XP. I was one of those people that didn't have any problems with Vista, and Windows 7 didn't appear to offer that much of a change in speed. Still, I suppose I am looking forward to picking up 7, doing a wipe of both OSes currently installed, and then finally putting on an official copy of 7.

I remember reading about the "family license" that allows three installs of Windows 7 inside of one's family, however I am unaware of the pricing. Perhaps it would be helpful for multiple installs? Then again...it may simply be Microsoft charging you the same thing that they would for three physical copies of the OS and only giving you a single copy.

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Believe it or not, in my

Believe it or not, in my town of 18,000 people, there are at least 3 Windows 7 parties on the register. Easy way to get a free copy, I guess.

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