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Microsoft Confirms Windows 7 Family Pack

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The Windows 7 Family Pack is real and it's coming.

We've seen fairly clear evidence that there is going to be a Windows 7 "family pack" deal where a single purchase will include three consumer licenses for use in a single household.

Today Microsoft confirmed all speculation. Windows communication manager Brandon LeBlanc wrote today, "I know there have been some rumors going around about a 'family pack' for Windows 7. We have heard a lot of feedback from beta testers and enthusiasts over the last 3 years that we need a better solution for homes with multiple PCs."

LeBlanc continued, "I’m happy to confirm that we will indeed be offering a family pack of Windows 7 Home Premium (in select markets) which will allow installation on up to 3 PCs."

Other than the brief confirmation, there weren't any other details released by Microsoft. This may be relief to some who decided to pass on the pre-order deal, though those who did may feel a slight sting if the price of the family pack ends up being less than $150 (the price of three Home Premium Upgrades at the discounted price).

For more on the Windows 7 Home Premium family pack, check out our previous stories:

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    djackson_dba , July 22, 2009 9:31 PM
    "Microsoft copies Apple again! They even called it the same thing LOL."

    Apple invented the term Family Pack?

    Both side copy each other constantly. Only a narrow-minded fanboy would think any different. Apple didn't invent the GUI interface either... which may be a shock to you. They copied what they saw at PARC.
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    grieve , July 22, 2009 9:26 PM
    ""This may be relief to some who decided to pass on the pre-order deal, though those who did may feel a slight sting if the price of the family pack ends up being less than $150 (the price of three Home Premium Upgrades at the discounted price).""


    I have suspicion that the Family Pack will NOT be less than a single license... Just a guess.

    It would be pretty cool if the Family Pack is only $50 more than a single license.
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    djackson_dba , July 22, 2009 9:31 PM
    "Microsoft copies Apple again! They even called it the same thing LOL."

    Apple invented the term Family Pack?

    Both side copy each other constantly. Only a narrow-minded fanboy would think any different. Apple didn't invent the GUI interface either... which may be a shock to you. They copied what they saw at PARC.
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    KyleSTL , July 22, 2009 9:38 PM
    techreader: do you even know anything about OSX's inner workings or system files?

    Yeah, didn't think so. Hooray for affordable OS's! While it probably won't affect people buying pre-built PCs, those of us who choose to assemble our own systems have much to be happy about (so long as it isn't $300 for a 3-pack).
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    geof2001 , July 22, 2009 9:47 PM
    Why just home premium 3 pack, where is the ultimate 3 pack?
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    matchboxmatt , July 22, 2009 10:11 PM
    Because a typical household family generally wouldn't need Ultimate or Professional's features.
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    matchboxmatt , July 22, 2009 10:20 PM
    techreader102Microsoft copies Apple again! They even called it the same thing LOL. If I had a dollar every time Microsoft copied Apple I'd be a millionaire. Unfortunately for Microsoft customers are going to find out that there is the same darn vista registry and dlls under Windows 7. Have fun PC users.


    Mac OS X basically has the same thing in the form of kext files and extensions.

    But no, you're totally right, how an operating system communicates with its software and hardware is stupid. We should all follow your example and proceed to hate and bash things that we don't understand.
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    pocketdrummer , July 23, 2009 12:09 AM
    matchboxmattBecause a typical household family generally wouldn't need Ultimate or Professional's features.


    My home does :D 
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    pocketdrummer , July 23, 2009 12:15 AM
    brendano257LOL....and Leopard Snow is $29, and $49 for a *5* pack. All I'll say is, Windows is for some people, Mac is for others. And it just happens that Windows is the majority although Mac would be MUCH better for a large amount of Windows users. (The users who could care less about each and every detail, and would just like something that is very little maintenance than worked)


    That would be fantastic if Apple would make affordable systems or *gasp* open up OSX to regular PCs.

    But, Apple would never do that. They're operating in an electronic petri disc. If they let anyone use OSX, they'd have to worry about compatibility... and frankly they aren't nearly as experienced in that field as Microsoft.

    I wonder what windows would look like if Microsoft made it exclusive to their own hardware.... hmm....
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    pocketdrummer , July 23, 2009 12:16 AM
    ...and by disc I mean dish. No grammar checking in Firefox :_(
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    dingumf , July 23, 2009 12:21 AM
    Pretty good deal. I'll buy one and share with my friends.
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    keither5150 , July 23, 2009 1:29 AM
    techreader102Microsoft copies Apple again! They even called it the same thing LOL. If I had a dollar every time Microsoft copied Apple I'd be a millionaire. Unfortunately for Microsoft customers are going to find out that there is the same darn vista registry and dlls under Windows 7. Have fun PC users.


    And I wish I had a dollar for every Apple loving troll that lurks around hardware sites when they have no idea what is inside their mac.

    Mr Troll..... why would you care about windows articles when you are clearly anti-Microsoft?

    To the untrained eye, my post may seem anti-Apple..... it is not.

    It is anti-troll.

    I would pay a few bucks extra for a Ultimate family pack.

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    Anonymous , July 23, 2009 3:47 AM
    I would have preferred an Ultimate Family pack as well.

    The one advantage that Ultimate has over Premium is the Administrator Tools and other items which would give a (home) Administrator full configuration control over the systems on the home network.
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    jsc , July 23, 2009 10:03 AM
    dingumf wrote:
    "Pretty good deal. I'll buy one and share with my friends."

    "Family pack" means "family" means "same household" means "same address".Are your friends living with you? I suspect a lot of people are going to do the same thing, then bitch and whine when MS enforces their licensing rules.

    Me? I am glad. It will just depend on pricing.
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    apmyhr , July 23, 2009 10:49 AM
    jscdingumf wrote:"Pretty good deal. I'll buy one and share with my friends.""Family pack" means "family" means "same household" means "same address".Are your friends living with you? I suspect a lot of people are going to do the same thing, then bitch and whine when MS enforces their licensing rules.Me? I am glad. It will just depend on pricing.

    Technically your right that its suppose to be for the same address. But seriously, do you think Microsoft is actually going to try to enforce that? It would be a PR nightmare when families find that their children living at college suddenly find their PC's not working.
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    apmyhr , July 23, 2009 10:56 AM
    brendano257LOL....and Leopard Snow is $29, and $49 for a *5* pack.

    Your right, Leopard Snow is a great deal. You only have to pay $29 for the OS and $2,000 for the apple hardware.
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    bunz_of_steel , July 23, 2009 12:37 PM
    Who the heck carez? I'm hackin dis crap anyways. not paying their billion dollar CEO any more monies.
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