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Windows 7 Family Pack is Now Back for Sale

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 41 comments

This thing should be a permanent offering.

If you cursed the day that you weren't able to pick up a trio of Windows 7 licenses to upgrade your home computers, then hopefully this news finds you at a better time.

Microsoft has now brought back the Windows 7 Family Pack back, once again only "while supplies last." We're not sure why Microsoft would want to put a cap on the number of people wanting to upgrade as many computers as possible to Windows 7, but that's the business plan for Microsoft.

Just like the offering last year the Windows 7 Family Pack contains three Windows 7 Home Premium upgrades for $149.99.

The new offer is now available in stores and from Microsoft online in the U.S. Other countries will get theirs starting October 22.

Countries where Family Pack will be available are:

United States, Canada, UK, France, Germany, China, Russia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Slovakia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Australia, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Brazil, Bulgaria, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Romania, and Ukraine.

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    tommysch , October 5, 2010 12:17 PM
    mayankleoboy1India aint on the countries list.guess a "family pack" there would have included 8 licenses!


    Like they ever sold 1 unit in India anyway...

    ytoledanoWhat can a household of pirates do with 3 upgrade licenses?


    Nothing. And you just need 1 pirate per household.
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    Anonymous , October 5, 2010 10:51 AM
    No Japan either. Seems software companies want to keep punishing us expats for moving out here. Most likely they are working out how to double the price for Japan as the normal premium on English software.
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    Anonymous , October 5, 2010 11:13 AM
    Great deal, but don't ever call for support on license problems, moving licenses, etc. Their phone support people can only understand (one code == one license) and will tell you your product code is invalid. Hours of phone run-around.
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    npaladin2000 , October 5, 2010 11:41 AM
    They might be better off just opening up volume licensing to consumers.
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    cookoy , October 5, 2010 11:42 AM
    the late bird gets the late worm. what a worm. well worth the wait.
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    ytoledano , October 5, 2010 11:55 AM
    What can a household of pirates do with 3 upgrade licenses?
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    tommysch , October 5, 2010 12:17 PM
    mayankleoboy1India aint on the countries list.guess a "family pack" there would have included 8 licenses!


    Like they ever sold 1 unit in India anyway...

    ytoledanoWhat can a household of pirates do with 3 upgrade licenses?


    Nothing. And you just need 1 pirate per household.
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    Deadstick50 , October 5, 2010 12:53 PM
    Yeah, but its the upgrade version, what about us XP users??....cant run an upgrade to 7 from XP!
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    g00fysmiley , October 5, 2010 1:03 PM
    wish they had a family pro pack, i'd gladly upgrade my machines but ... not to home
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    warezme , October 5, 2010 1:16 PM
    TommySchLike they ever sold 1 unit in India anyway...Nothing. And you just need 1 pirate per household.

    LOL, yea you just need one licensed pirate per household.
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    Mark Heath , October 5, 2010 1:32 PM
    I wouldn't mind having this except using non-upgrades. I know it'd be less useful for most people, but new computers + XP on the old ones could save me a decent amount of money.
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    Aussie_Bear , October 5, 2010 1:36 PM
    I never liked the Home versions of Windows. They lack Software Restriction Policy. (Extremely useful for preventing malware, as it allows you to have a whitelist of what can/cannot run.)

    Why can't they release the "Pro-sumer Family Pack" with three Window 7 Professional licenses?

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    godwhomismike , October 5, 2010 1:47 PM
    Why does Microsoft even offer Home Premium? Why not just Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Professional, and Windows 7 Ultimate?
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    DaddyW123 , October 5, 2010 2:45 PM
    Deadstick50Yeah, but its the upgrade version, what about us XP users??....cant run an upgrade to 7 from XP!

    I don't know if this trick still works, but it did on Vista... Just use your Windows 7 upgrade CD to install a fresh copy of windows (format HD) without entering the keycode and uncheck "auto-activate". Then install Windows 7 again over Windows 7 as an "Upgrade" this time with the keycode.
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    Anonymous , October 5, 2010 2:53 PM
    The Family Upgrade Pack was $199 in Canada, not $149 (which is American).
    Yes it works on WinXP.
    The OS is Windows 7 Home Premium which is all anyone needs.
    But the "upgrade" installation is short-sighted, because sooner or later you will wish to reinstall the OS (maybe a coupla years from now) and then you will have problems.
    You can always increase your installed Win7 OS to any version, from within Win7.
    Regards
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    gsacks , October 5, 2010 3:08 PM
    The family pack is a really good deal if you actually have 3 computers that aren't already running Win7 and have the horsepower to take advantage of it. I would have bought it if I didn't already have a MSDN license.
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    mhelm1 , October 5, 2010 3:16 PM
    They should make all previous Win 7 versions 3 packs, Then I'd upgrade 1 vista and 1 XP. Too late too spend the money now.
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    christop , October 5, 2010 3:17 PM
    It says upgrade but you can do a fresh install from it.
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    theoutbound , October 5, 2010 4:19 PM
    It's about time they brought this back. Although I call shenanigans on the "while supplies last" part. Do they actually expect us to believe they have a limited number of licenses for Windows 7? This should simply be made a permanent deal for people who want to license multiple machines.
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    scook9 , October 5, 2010 4:32 PM
    Are people still complaining that their hardware cannot handle windows 7? A P4 can do it just fine. I have a dual core 1.3 Ghz laptop that is awesome with 7...
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    triculious , October 5, 2010 4:40 PM
    at this price point why don't they just make individual licenses go for 50 (ok, 49.99) bucks apiece?

    this seems to be one of those too-good-to-be-true deals... the price is even cheaper than oem licenses
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