Head over to the Mystery Solved site of microsoft.com and click on the usb stick on the right where it says Get Yours. You need to sign in with passport.net and answer the following questions: (Please note that the free USB drive offer has ended, and that the original link is now redirecting to Microsoft's Genuine website where users find information about licensing and all that stuff).
Q1. How many ways are there to obtain a full Microsoft Windows Desktop license?
Q2: Volume License Agreements cover Windows Desktop operating system upgrades only.
Q3: OEM operating system licenses are non-transferable.
Q4: The most cost-effective way to acquire an initial, full underlying Windows Desktop license is preinstalled.
My thanks to bakercard a user who posted the answers on the Digg website. It will take between 6 and 8 weeks before you get the stick, but free is free, ain't it? It also needs to be noted that the offer is only available to residents from the United States. Sorry international readers, but that is how Microsoft plays the game.
Update: As you may have already noticed, the offer has ended and the original quiz website is now redirecting to Microsoft's Genuine page where users can get information about licensing of Microsoft products. The page looks at some of the things that consumers need to consider before buying a product or hardware. It explains how to find out if a product is genuine (by looking at key features including the certificate of authenticity, the proof of license label, and the edge-to-edge hologram), as well as a better understanding of how validation works for both Windows and Office, and what to do when the product key is not accepted by Microsoft during validation of the product.Advertisement
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