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October 8, 2009

Microsoft never fails to fail.

First of all, I'm not going to hide the fact that I'm a Mac fan and have been for years but I'm also not naive enough to blind myself to other OS's and know that Windows has some uses, especially for gaming at home and for compatibility testing website for work.

That all being said,I've been using the public beta of Windows 7 on my Intel box for probably about 4-5 months now. It's been a really nice experience compared to XP and it was a nice refresh of that machine on which XP had become really bogged down after a year or so despite my best efforts to keep it clean.

Fast forward a few months when I'm one of the "lucky" ones chosen to host a Windows 7 Launch Party. My party pack arrived today... tote bags, streamers, free copy of W7 Ultimate, etc... So as per the instructions, I should install Windows 7 ahead of time... but low and behold, you can't upgrade your public beta. You literally have to wipe you entire drive and do a clean install. Seriously? I'm thinking this must be an error so I call the Windows 7 Launch Party super secret inside support number provided in every box. I get the following: