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Win 7 Upgrade Anytime, Family Pack Pricing

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This afternoon, Microsoft revealed pricing for the Windows Anytime Upgrade program and the Windows 7 Family Pack.

Microsoft's Brandon LeBlanc updated the official Windows Blog with a new post detailing the Windows Anytime Upgrade and Family Pack pricing. As LeBlanc points out, most consumers purchase new PCs with a preinstalled version that suits their needs, however over time those needs may change, hence Microsoft's Anytime Upgrade plan. Here's the pricing list, indicating the cost of upgrading from one version of Windows 7 to another:

  • Windows 7 Starter to Windows 7 Home Premium: $79.99
  • Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 7 Professional: $89.99
  • Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 7 Ultimate: $139.99

"After Windows 7 is released to market on October 22nd, you will be able to buy a retail package that contains an upgrade key at a store near you for any of the 3 paths I highlighted above," LeBlanc wrote. "If you live in Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK or the US (13 countries) – you will be able to purchase the upgrade from Microsoft online directly within Windows 7."

In addition to the Anytime Upgrade plan, LeBlanc briefly mentioned the Windows 7 Family Pack as well, reminding consumers that this edition can be installed on three PCs when its released on October 22. As for pricing, the Windows 7 Family Pack will cost $149.99 for three licenses. He did not say whether consumers could or could not purchase additional licenses.

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    scook9 , August 3, 2009 4:10 PM
    That price will work for me! But is that family pack a pack of upgrade licenses or full licenses?
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    hellwig , August 3, 2009 4:10 PM
    Family pack for $149? What is Family Pack, three copies of Starter Edition? That seems like a insanely good price for even just one copy of Win7.
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    duckmanx88 , August 3, 2009 4:15 PM
    i put windows 7 RC on my laptop that had vista home premium and its like, whats the point of buying whats essentially Vista for those that didn't like Vista at the start and never tried it again.

    I like that the icons are larger and that similar applications of an icon on the task bar don't lessen the space of the task bar and just group together. And its nice that I can open My Computer from the documents folder, but its only tiny differences. go ahead with the thumbs down. its stupid that TH censors it if fanboys dont like what they hear but I was very happy with vista and as far as performance goes, same startup time and only 250MB less RAM used with all the same applications as on Vista.
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    Hanin33 , August 3, 2009 4:26 PM
    hellwig: the blog states it's 3 copies of Home Premium edition... which really is a good deal... in comparisons to their other offerings...
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    pauldh , August 3, 2009 4:43 PM
    What a price if that's 3 full Home Premium licenses! Seems likely to be upgrade's:
    http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-10300835-56.html?tag=TOCmoreStories.0
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    ananke , August 3, 2009 4:46 PM
    ....Which essentially means new computers will be dominated by Win 7 Basic install, and you have to ask for at least 79.99 when you buy new machine from the seller. for example, I would not buy new Lenovo or HP for 399, because will cost me anyway another 79.99 to bring it to normal operational condition, without considering the cost of your time and the hussle to upgrade.... :) . However, I would be OK spending $150 for basic desktop with C2Duo, or $200 for a laptop :) ))). The industry just shoot itself in the leg, again. This will be even worse than the Vista fiasco, and very funny to observe from the sidelines.
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    p05esto , August 3, 2009 5:24 PM
    Yea, clarify what you get with $150 family pack. Is that 3 FULL version of Win7 Home Premium for example or what? I've got a few computers and would like a family pack price please for Home Premium.
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    Miharu , August 3, 2009 6:08 PM
    Quote:
    •Windows 7 Starter to Windows 7 Home Premium: $79.99
    •Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 7 Professional: $89.99
    •Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 7 Ultimate: $139.99


    Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade was arround $49 in presale.
    Windows 7 Prof Premium Upgrade was arround $109 in presale.
    I can just said "Windows 7" presale was totally great DEAL.

    And Familly Pack is a good idea!
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    Hanin33 , August 3, 2009 6:10 PM
    yes.. it's full versions of Home Premium... can no one bother to click on links to verify for themselves?
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    Zenthar , August 3, 2009 6:18 PM
    I think I might speak for a few people here saying I would like to see a FULL Family Home Premium package. Otherwise I will just wait for OEM or something similar.
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    Zenthar , August 3, 2009 6:26 PM
    Hanin33yes.. it's full versions of Home Premium... can no one bother to click on links to verify for themselves?
    Mmmm, actually, from the linked blog:
    In the US, the price for the Windows 7 Family Pack will be $149.99 for 3 Windows 7 Home Premium licenses. That’s a savings of more than $200 for three licenses.
    This means they evaluate 3 licenses to be roughly 350$. A single UPGRADE license is 120$, therefore 3 would be 360$ and damn close to the estimated 350$. Moreover, FULL versions are advertised as 200$, 3 licenses would be 600$ and the family pack would be saving 450$ something they wouldn't have failed to mention. So either they are 3 OEM licenses (for which prices are yet to be disclosed) or they are 3 upgrades.
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    MountainFlip , August 3, 2009 6:30 PM
    I just want to remind all of you that the price quotes in this article are for upgrading from a Windows 7 version to another Windows 7 version. This is not the true cost of upgrading from XP / Vista to Windows 7.

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    Zenthar , August 3, 2009 6:33 PM
    MountainFlipI just want to remind all of you that the price quotes in this article are for upgrading from a Windows 7 version to another Windows 7 version. This is not the true cost of upgrading from XP / Vista to Windows 7.
    For the upgrade/full prices, I just went on NewEgg :p 
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    Anonymous , August 3, 2009 8:33 PM
    or you could by Snow Leopard for $29. Ha Ha Ha. PC users stuck with MICROCRAP.....
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    Zenthar , August 3, 2009 8:41 PM
    techreader45or you could by Snow Leopard for $29. Ha Ha Ha. PC users stuck with MICROCRAP.....
    *Cough* Linux (Free) *Cough*
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    Zagen30 , August 3, 2009 10:18 PM
    If you look at the upper-right-hand corner of this enlarged view of the family pack box, it clearly says that they're upgrade licenses, not full licenses: http://windowsteamblog.com/cfs-filesystemfile.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Blogs.Components.WeblogFiles/windows7/Win7_5F00_HP_5F00_FAMPAC_5F00_3DL_5F00_EN_5F00_1F336887.jpg
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    belardo , August 3, 2009 10:21 PM
    See MS... people are already getting mixed up with your Home Basic vs Home Premo...

    Stupid, they should have just called it Win7 Basic and Win7 Home, that's it - simple.

    Hey, how come Microsoft doesn't have a Degrade deal? Go from Ultimate to Home and get back $150?
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    ern88 , August 3, 2009 11:23 PM
    Anyone know if there is an upgrade path from WIN 7 PRO to WIN 7 ULT. I have PRO pre ordered
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    Regulas , August 3, 2009 11:36 PM
    This is another area where Apple shines. There OS has two flavours, Home and Server, no games no gimmicks like MS is doing. Their upgrade is simple to understand too and are actually full blown copies. Stick in your $29 copy of 64 bit Snow Leopard (there is no 32 bit) and you can do a format for a fresh install and it will not ask for your previous version like MS does to verify you have a old disk. I will stick with my Linux for now, can't get lower than Free!
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    antemon , August 4, 2009 1:50 AM
    RegulasThis is another area where Apple shines. There OS has two flavours, Home and Server, no games no gimmicks like MS is doing. Their upgrade is simple to understand too and are actually full blown copies. Stick in your $29 copy of 64 bit Snow Leopard (there is no 32 bit) and you can do a format for a fresh install and it will not ask for your previous version like MS does to verify you have a old disk. I will stick with my Linux for now, can't get lower than Free!



    I'd dig it if MS or Apple paid me to use their OS >:)