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Microsoft Netherlands giving away 777 copies of Windows 7

In the Netherlands Microsoft is giving away 777 copies of Windows 7 to people who live in the small town of Zevenhuizen, which literally translates to “Seven Houses.” They will be getting an English-language copy of Windows 7 Ultimate with a license code valid for one Windows PC. In fact, one of the requirements is that you must be in possession of a PC with Windows as the primary OS; those using mainly Mac OS or Linux can’t participate. Another requirement is that the PC gets a green light from the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor. Microsoft employees and those under 18 years of age not included.

Zevenhuizen residents must opt in over at The site explains that there are four options to choose from for getting Windows 7: pick up a copy, bring the computer over to have it installed, have Microsoft come pick up the PC and bring it back with everything installed within 48 hours, or have Microsoft install it for them at home. Microsoft is also offering to back up files (but not software) and to install Windows Live programs as well as Microsoft Security Essentials. Users are on their own for reinstalling their other applications.

Microsoft claims 200,000 people in the Netherlands have already tried the beta version of Windows 7, but now it’s time to promote the RTM version, and this is one of the ways to do it.