Windows 7 Family Pack Priced at $20-$30 More?

Although Microsoft hasn't announced or even hinted at anything regarding a Family Pack license bundle for Windows 7, last week we heard fairly convincing evidence that there will be a special pack for households looking to upgrade more than one computer.

In the licensing agreement for a recently leaked build of Windows 7 Home Premium, there was a section that read: "If you are a 'Qualified Family Pack User', you may install one copy of the software marked as 'Family Pack' on three computers in your household for use by people who reside there." (Read more here.)

While the wordage pertaining to the family pack has since been removed in more recent builds of Windows 7 Home Premium, the word is out and now people have found evidence of a Family Pack along with very unofficial pricing.

Ed Bott blogged on ZDNet about a product code, GFC-00236, which turns up some pretty interesting search results.

Before the listing was pulled, Expercom had the product "WINDOWS 7 FAMILY PACK/ HOME PREMIUM UPGRADE (GFC-00236)" for $136.95.

Greymaple University IT Computer Sales also had "W7 FAMILY PACK - HOME PREM UPG" listed for $144.95 before it was taken down. (Cached here.)

While the prices aren't official yet – just as the Family Pack is still unannounced – signs point to it being not to being that much more expensive than the regular Home Premium Upgrade, which is officially $119.95.

If the Family Pack with three licenses will indeed be just $20-$30 more than the SKU with just one, it'll be a no-brainer for those with at two computers or more – and really, these days who doesn't? Some families might even need multiple Family Packs to get everyone caught up to Windows 7.

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  • jhansonxi
    If only available as an upgrade then it's less of a deal. A lot of home builders will have to buy a full retail version regardless. Is there any mention of a non-upgrade family pack?
  • brendano257
    Three letters: OEM, that's really all that matters for most home builders.
  • jsloan
    wow that is great, people will be able to get the f*ck out of vista...