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Windows 7 Family Pack Deal Making a Comeback

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 62 comments

Upgrade your family of computers.

Family pack licenses for operating systems are an excellent way for families (and friends) to all get upgraded to the latest software without needing to spend lots of money. In the end, it helps the software maker increase its user base, and the end user gets to run the same OS across multiple machines.

For that reason, we were left wondering why Microsoft decided to discontinue the Windows 7 Family Pack so soon after the release of the OS last year. But thankfully the company is turning around and will be offering the family license again starting October 3 in the U.S.

For international markets, it goes on sale in Canada, UK, Germany, France, Australia and many other markets on or after October 22 – the one year mark of Windows 7.

The $149.99 Windows 7 Family Pack includes three upgrade licenses of Windows 7 Home Premium, which normally sells for $119.99 each.

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    thejerk , September 3, 2010 1:04 PM
    It's $149.99 to save people the trouble of having to perform additional research.
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    Travis Beane , September 3, 2010 1:40 PM
    puscifer919People still pay for Windows?

    Some trhings are worth paying for.
    Something that will get a couple thousand hours use(one comp between 4 people here) for $150? Worth every cent and then some.
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    thejerk , September 3, 2010 1:04 PM
    It's $149.99 to save people the trouble of having to perform additional research.
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    NotYetRated , September 3, 2010 1:06 PM
    haha thank you TheJerk. Would have been nice for them to have put the price in the story. But I suppose we shouldn't ask for the world. Thats is not a bad deal at all. In fact, it's a very good deal.
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    rantoc , September 3, 2010 1:12 PM
    Its all about the green! Maby they thought they had such a good product that everyone would purchase it even single licence price (wich frankly were quite true at the time compared to vista and the aging XP (sorry if i forget to "mention" the 5-10ish% so called competition in the pc market).

    Likely the sales have slowed down enought to start to make marketing campaigns to try to get people who refuses a single licence price to purchase it! Its better to sell at reduced price than not at all!

    Remember - Its all about the green!
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    Humans think , September 3, 2010 1:12 PM
    Many families have more than 3 PCs that need upgrading, they should go for a 5X family upgrade pack.

    Students at universities: undergraduate to PhD students please check if your institution supports MSDNAA, I got Windows 7 Pro for free along with Microsoft Visual Studio.
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    haramir , September 3, 2010 1:18 PM
    Well even if your family has 5 computers, a second pack would end up costing you around $300 which is still substantially better than the $600 you would be paying for individual copies. I'm more of an "Ultimate" guy though, I wonder if they have any bundles with that.
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    razorblaze42 , September 3, 2010 1:23 PM
    If you are a Student with a EDU email address you can get Windows 7 professional for 29.99

    http://www.microsoft.com/student/en/us/software/windows.aspx
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    coleipoo , September 3, 2010 1:26 PM
    Good Deal for anyone not a student or teacher.
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    huron , September 3, 2010 1:35 PM
    It is nice to see the pricing back. $50 per OS upgrade is not too bad, though for the life of me, I cannot figure out why they ever got rid of it, or why they don't have more pricing/package options like thse.
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    Travis Beane , September 3, 2010 1:40 PM
    puscifer919People still pay for Windows?

    Some trhings are worth paying for.
    Something that will get a couple thousand hours use(one comp between 4 people here) for $150? Worth every cent and then some.
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    chrisv815 , September 3, 2010 1:42 PM
    too little too late now microsoft
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    tu_illegalamigo , September 3, 2010 1:52 PM
    They had to bring it back eventually. I`m sure since it`s been almost 1 year post-release, the sales are starting to wane some and they need to get people buying. (i guess!)
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    cookoy , September 3, 2010 1:54 PM
    "For that reason, we were left wondering why Microsoft decided to discontinue the Windows 7 Family Pack so soon..."

    Your loyalty is appreciated but we need more money. Business is business.
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    back_by_demand , September 3, 2010 1:55 PM
    Fantastic, for that price it is worth investing in 3 nettops to go on TVs round the house.
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    Onus , September 3, 2010 2:00 PM
    Since many of the machines I build these days are for family members, I could see picking up one of these. I'm anticipating one or two builds coming up.
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    COLGeek , September 3, 2010 2:00 PM
    This does represent a good deal in terms of avoided costs if you were going to upgrade/install anyway, but it is still very expensive software.

    If MS wanted to move more products, they would lower the cost for all flavors of Win 7. Full blown Ultimate should cost no more than $69.99US, with the prices for "lesser versions" tiered downward from there. The Starter and Home Basic versions should be free.
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    anthropophaginian , September 3, 2010 2:04 PM
    It would be nice if they had a student-family edition for even more discount! :D 
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    tommysch , September 3, 2010 2:26 PM
    Quote:
    In the end, it helps the software maker increase its user base, and the end user gets to run the same OS across multiple machines.


    Like piracy!!
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    randomizer , September 3, 2010 2:47 PM
    I get all my Microsoft software for free legally, and will do so for the foreseeable future. Not that I use most of the stuff that is available, but it is a nice feeling knowing that I can get $12,000 worth of Visual Studio for nothing. MSDNAA FTW.

    Windows isn't cheap when just looking at the price out of context, but if you compare it to the price of a game and take into account how long you use each, the price of games seems very high. $70 for 5 hours of CoD or $150 for 3 people to get thousands of hours out of Windows? Hmm...

    Or $0 for any number of people to use Linux for as long as they want and in any way they see fit (something that neither Windows or most games allow) :) 
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