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Ballmer Signs Windows 7 Signature Edition, Sorta

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 43 comments

And you thought only your drivers had to be signed.

Just over a month ago, Microsoft announced that it was teaming up with House Party to help people around the world throw Windows 7-themed parties the week following the launch of the new OS.

Those selected to hold Windows 7 parties can upload photos and videos, chat with other hosts and blog. The real incentive for the host to throw one of these parties is the free special Signature Edition of Windows 7 Ultimate and a Windows 7 Party Pack.

At the time we didn't know much about what "Signature Edition" meant, but now we know thanks to reports on the internet from those who have received their party packs.

Essentially, it's a promotional copy of Windows 7 Ultimate that comes in a special box adorned with a printed reproduction of Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's John Hancock. Check out the photos from StuffiWrote for more.

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    NoCaDrummer , October 5, 2009 10:01 PM
    Tell me again why Steve Balmer's signature is so "valuable"?
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    doomtomb , October 5, 2009 9:25 PM
    Looks beautiful, well worth it.
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    VidGameKing , October 5, 2009 9:30 PM
    Aw shoot!!!! It's 32-Bit!!! What a load of garbage! I'm getting my free copy on the 7th with my "house party" pack, but now I see it's only 32-Bit! How's that supposed to make me like Windows 7? I've got 4GB of RAM!!!!! Good thing I've got my MSDN account to fall back on... (I've already got the retail windows 7 Ultimate running on my computer!)
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    grieve , October 5, 2009 9:31 PM
    A guy here @ work was having a Win7 party... I laughed.

    Honestly, i will happily dump $250 for my copy of NON signed OEM Win7 Ultimate instead of throwing or attending a Win7 party.

    All the power to you if you are geeky enough to claim a "legal" free copy this way.
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    VidGameKing , October 5, 2009 9:32 PM
    They did this to us back at the Vista launch party, we all got copies, but they were only 32-Bit, I threw mine in the trash at the Santa Clara Convention Center, I didn't even bother bringing that useless sludge home!
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    Major7up , October 5, 2009 9:38 PM
    [*yawn*] and this is supposed to make me want to go to or host a Win7 party?
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    megamanx00 , October 5, 2009 9:39 PM
    Lame, but in the interest of free stuff I'd do it.
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    NoCaDrummer , October 5, 2009 10:01 PM
    Tell me again why Steve Balmer's signature is so "valuable"?
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    Anonymous , October 5, 2009 10:01 PM
    According to the ones already on Ebay, There's 2 DVD's. Black sleeved for 32 bit and white sleeved 64 bit. We can only hope.
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    Anonymous , October 5, 2009 10:01 PM
    Actually it's 32 or 64 bit. I literally responded to an email to "host" a party. I'm not yet sure if there will be an actual party - but my free copy of Win 7 is in the mail!
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    socrates047 , October 5, 2009 10:05 PM
    i don't know, this has gimmick written all over it.
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    Boxa786 , October 5, 2009 10:09 PM
    Throw your regular paty, get pissed/drunk, stoned etc, and all you have to do is have a few Win 7 pictures here and there. Who doesnt like to party? LOL, not like you'd have to tell the guests the reason beind it, just have a normal party as you would do on a bday/special occasion.

    Heck, gatecrash someone elses party with a few Win 7 stuff, stand with the crowd in the background, face cam, smile and you just threw a party for win 7.

    Ebay is a laoda bs when it comes to legit and copy material. Win 7 is 1 DVD with the choice to install 64 or 32 at installation setup stage, prior to formatting.
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    Anonymous , October 5, 2009 10:10 PM
    OMG!

    Now that's freaking cheap!

    You'd think they would at least provide the same deal that you normally have have in the retail package, a choice between 32-bit or 64-bit.

    Even worse is that Ballmer was too cheap to personally sign each of the packages instead of having his signature copied. Now that is Really Cheap!

    They were probably afraid that if Ballmer actually signed the packages for real, that the Signature Editions would bring a really high price on FleaBay.
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    Anonymous , October 5, 2009 10:12 PM
    ohenryAccording to the ones already on Ebay, There's 2 DVD's. Black sleeved for 32 bit and white sleeved 64 bit. We can only hope.

    Well, at least it's not as bad as we first thought, but it's still really cheap that Ballmer couldn't be bothered to personally sign each one.
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    manjyomethunder , October 5, 2009 10:18 PM
    Renegade_WarriorWell, at least it's not as bad as we first thought, but it's still really cheap that Ballmer couldn't be bothered to personally sign each one.


    Do you have ANY idea how many of these there are, and how long it'd take to sign each one? We'd have them by the time Windows 8 released.
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    VidGameKing , October 5, 2009 10:19 PM
    Well if there's a 64-Bit, AND a 32-Bit version, I don't suppose we'd be so lucky as to get two licenses? I guess if I get just a 32-bit copy I'll install it on my Dell D610 with it's 32-Bit Pentium M chip. It's x300 graphics earn it a score of 2! woo... hoo...

    I'm not sure why they can't make a single disc solution. Then again, on the MSDN site, you have to pick 32-bit of 64-bit...
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    VidGameKing , October 5, 2009 10:22 PM
    manjyomethunderDo you have ANY idea how many of these there are, and how long it'd take to sign each one? We'd have them by the time Windows 8 released.


    I don't know! Have you seen Ballmer do a presentation? I'm sure he's got some performance enhancing substance… He could sign like 10 million of them in like three seconds!
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    Anonymous , October 5, 2009 10:30 PM
    manjyomethunderDo you have ANY idea how many of these there are, and how long it'd take to sign each one? We'd have them by the time Windows 8 released.

    Not really, but I do suppose he could spend at least one work day signing as many as possible.

    You figure he could get at least between 2000 - 4000 signed in a single day.
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    rooket , October 5, 2009 10:32 PM
    VidGameKingAw shoot!!!! It's 32-Bit!!! What a load of garbage! I'm getting my free copy on the 7th with my "house party" pack, but now I see it's only 32-Bit! How's that supposed to make me like Windows 7? I've got 4GB of RAM!!!!! Good thing I've got my MSDN account to fall back on... (I've already got the retail windows 7 Ultimate running on my computer!)


    The key works on both 32bit and 64bit editions. All you gotta do is get a copy of the 64bit iso burn it and install and it will activate. This is a promo product, beggers can't be choosers over a 10 cent blank.
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    Anonymous , October 5, 2009 10:37 PM
    Better rethink that, closer to 2000 Signed Editions I'd say if he can at least manage about 250 signatures per hour.
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    crosko42 , October 5, 2009 10:47 PM
    You get both versions, mine came in the mail today. Also to those saying they dont want to be bothered to throw a party, do you think big bad M$ is going to check out whether or not you threw a party? Of course not, its just an easy way to save some money. I will be enjoying my napkins/posters/streamers/cards of course, as well as enjoying my copy of Win7 well before the street date, even though like most I've been running iton one of my computers for quite some time.
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