Host A Windows 7 Launch Party And Get Windows 7 Ultimate For Free

Martin Brinkmann
Sep 3, 2009
Updated • Jul 19, 2011
Microsoft, Windows, Windows 7

windows7 It seems that Microsoft is trying to explore some new ways of promoting their upcoming operating system Windows 7. Other methods of promoting Windows 7 are slowly coming to light next to the official launch parties that are hosted by Microsoft in various cities throughout the world. One of the - rather unusual - strategies to promote Windows 7 are so called house parties that can be held by users living in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, the US or UK. If you are living in one of the countries and have a computer system that is currently running Windows XP, Windows Vista or Linux you might apply to host a house party with at least five friends (number might vary depending on the country the applicant is living in) that has to be held between October 22 and 29.

Users who are interested in hosting a Windows 7 launch party can apply at Microsoft's House Party website.

In order for you to be considered in the host selection process, you need to fill out the online application (which asks you questions about your knowledge of the sponsor brand, how you typically throw parties, whether you are an internet user and have a digital camera, etc). After completing the application, you will need to respond to the confirmation email by clicking on the link within it (to make sure our means of communicating with you works). From the group of applicants who confirm their email address and complete the application, we choose a pool of hosts who fit House Party's and the sponsor's host criteria.

A signup is required to the House Party service. This can be done by filling out the information manually or using an existing Facebook account to fill out most information. A short survey has then to be filled out afterwards. Microsoft has plans to host more than 1000 house parties which means that the chance is probably not that good to be selected as one of the hosts as there is no way to individualize the application.

Party hosts that are selected by Microsoft will not only receive a special signature edition of Windows 7 Ultimate edition but also a party pack for the party. Follow this link to the House Party website to apply to be one of the party hosts for the Windows 7 launch party.


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  1. floppyowl said on October 22, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    ditto -can someone please post an email address of a host so i can obtain the kaspersky licence ?

    most grateful

  2. geoff said on October 22, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    i missed out on the host party, can someone please post an email address of a host so i can still obtain the kaspersky licence as i missed out on a copy of windows 7.

    thanks so much

  3. pumpkin said on September 28, 2009 at 4:23 am

    Why does it keep saying active applicant, i am stuck for two weeks in this when does it become host.

    1. Samuel said on September 28, 2009 at 4:54 pm

      pumpkin: Maybe youre on a wating list? I received an email saying that if I can’t host the party, I must email them so they can “give” the party to someone else

  4. JohnnyG said on September 24, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    Yea!!! I’ve been selected to be a host!

  5. Radenight said on September 23, 2009 at 4:19 am

    I have also been selected to be an official host!!!! :) Free Windows 7 Ultimate here I come!! :)

  6. Samuel said on September 22, 2009 at 5:38 am

    I have been selected as as official host!!!
    Windows 7 incoming!

  7. Mark said on September 10, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    None in New Zealand either, mate – looks like our markets are too small for Microsoft to be bothered with – WTF?

  8. Marco said on September 4, 2009 at 6:13 am

    There’s no party in Peru :-(

  9. dwarf_toss said on September 3, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    Translation: There’s a chance that your party, and you included, will be part of a Microsoft ad for which you shall receive no compensation beyond a free copy of 7.

    Social networking sites have the same sort of crazy TOS terms, but eh, not worth the potential hassle.

  10. Mums said on September 3, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    Before you apply you might want to read this:

    In consideration of House Party, Inc. (“HPI”) allowing me to host and/or attend a House Party Event on or about October 22 – 29th related to Microsoft (“Company”), including, without limitation, participating in “House Party Event” activities, such as product demonstrations and sampling, and educational and informational activities (collectively, the “Activities”), I hereby agree as follows:

    I am eighteen (18) years of age or older. I agree that as consideration for being permitted to host and/or participate in any of the Activities, I, on behalf of myself and my children and minors for whom I am a legal guardian, hereby grant HPI and its designees (including, without limitation, Company and its designees) and their respective affiliates, licensees, permitees, successors and assigns, and each of them, an unrestricted, absolute, universal, perpetual, irrevocable, non-royalty bearing, and transferable right and license (but not any obligation) to use, copy, transmit, distribute, display, modify, perform, present, publish, transform, create works and derivative works, and otherwise promote or utilize my name, image, likeness, voice, words and/or other personal attribute(s) or other personal information, and those of my children and minors for whom I am a legal guardian (collectively, “Personal Attributes”), captured, photographed or otherwise recorded or memorialized in any manner by myself or any other person in connection with any of the Activities, in any medium or format whether now or hereafter existing (including, without limitation, print, direct mail, online, mobile or wireless communications, radio or television broadcast, telecast or photograph), for any purpose whatsoever (including, without limitation, in connection with the creation, advertising, sale and/or promotion of any products and/or services), and without any consideration or notice to or consent by me or any third party. I, on behalf of myself and my children and minors for whom I am a legal guardian, hereby forever and irrevocably waive any rights any of us may have in or to any of the foregoing, and I understand and agree that HPI and its designees (including, without limitation, Company and its designees) are the exclusive owners (to the extent the materials are created by or at the direction of each such party) of any and all right, title and interest, including copyright, in and to any materials of any kind or nature containing or developed from use of our respective Personal Attributes. Without limiting the foregoing, I understand and agree that such materials may be used in whole or in part, individually or in conjunction with other photographs or images, and neither I, my children nor minors for whom I am a legal guardian shall have any right of approval or notice, any claim to any compensation, or any claim arising out of the use, alteration, distortion or illusionary effect or use in any composite form of any of our respective Personal Attributes.

    This is what you’ll have to accept in order to apply to these stupid house parties

  11. Mums said on September 3, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Microsoft, you are dumb.

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