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This is the Windows 7 Family Pack Box

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 34 comments

This is what Windows 7 Home Premium Family Pack looks like.

Last week we learned that the Windows 7 Home Premium family pack will be priced at $149.99. The family pack will include three licenses of Windows 7 Home Premium for installation in a single household – a definite deal when considering that a single license will go for $119.99.

The regular Home Premium box will be green, the Professional box will be blue, and the Ultimate box will be black. But what about the Family Pack? Feast your eyes on this:

For those of you with multiple PCs, this seems to be the SKU to get, unless if OEM pricing somehow manages to be below $50 each.

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    scook9 , August 4, 2009 4:40 PM
    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE call it the Family Pack UPGRADE and stop this confusion
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    griffed88 , August 4, 2009 5:05 PM
    p05esto No one wants to pirate, but if you can't afford it then what?


    Then you don't play the game, simple as that. If you can't afford a car, you don't go out and steal one.
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    aspireonelover , August 4, 2009 4:16 PM
    It's a nice box/packaging. I think the pricing is fair.
    LEMME GET ONE!
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    msdss , August 4, 2009 4:18 PM
    Anyone know if there will be a family pack for Ultimate? If so what the price is expected to be?
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    lifelesspoet , August 4, 2009 4:20 PM
    However, it does say upgrade. The oem version might still be a viable option for those of us who built all out our home systems.
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    dman3k , August 4, 2009 4:21 PM
    I want my BMW M3 to be painted in this gradient.
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    IzzyCraft , August 4, 2009 4:22 PM
    Oh i just might buy that just so i can active my windows without calling India a few years from now.
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    p05esto , August 4, 2009 4:27 PM
    Screw Ultimate....just a bunch of bloatware I'd never use.

    The family box pricing is impressive indeed. When software is priced within a range I can afford and feels reasonable I purchase it and do NOT pirate.

    I think if PC games were $10-20 a pop I'd buy all the ones I think look good. When the companies make them so expensive and people realize the'll play 10-20 hours of a game it's just not worth $60 to them so they pirate it. If I had to pay $110 per computer at my home for Win7 I'd say screw it, but $150 for 3 copies is reasonable.

    Take the hint software, music and movie companies. If you just lower your prices MORE people will buy and offset the lower cost per piece with more volume and you'll probably make MORE money. No one wants to pirate, but if you can't afford it then what?
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    scook9 , August 4, 2009 4:40 PM
    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE call it the Family Pack UPGRADE and stop this confusion
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    chrisv815 , August 4, 2009 4:50 PM
    the top of the box says "upgrade for Windows Vista" so if you didn't drop the $130 for that piece of crap to begin with it, and stayed with XP looks like you can't use this. Thats too bad. I was considering upgrading. But this is really $150 for 3 service packs. thats all 7 is over Vista.
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    meru , August 4, 2009 4:52 PM
    the color of a box is NOT news. The price is the news and it's old now.
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    jerreece , August 4, 2009 4:53 PM
    judeh101Wow, that's a pretty box . Green and good lookin'


    Green? Either you're color vision isn't great, or your monitor needs major adjustment. Unless of course you're trying to suggest it is "green" by only having one package for three computers...
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    bk420 , August 4, 2009 4:59 PM
    Finally, the economy has affected ripoff$oft.
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    griffed88 , August 4, 2009 5:05 PM
    p05esto No one wants to pirate, but if you can't afford it then what?


    Then you don't play the game, simple as that. If you can't afford a car, you don't go out and steal one.
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    Shandris , August 4, 2009 5:20 PM
    meruthe color of a box is NOT news. The price is the news and it's old now.


    Wasn't there a previous discussion on which previous Windows can be upgraded to Win7? As far as I can recall, MS (or could be someone else) said that you can directly upgrade from Vista to Win7 without format, but Win7 is also available for XP user with an extra step of doing a HDD format + "clean install". Did anyone else read about this?
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    judeh101 , August 4, 2009 5:35 PM
    yeah, I meant "green" packaging, not the color green LOL :p 
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    ruhere , August 4, 2009 5:40 PM
    Not sure of the accuracy, It was on the MS Blog comments, but one user noted that the upgrade can only be performed from a home SKU, so if you have XP Pro, or Vista Pro, you can't upgrade them with this.
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    Gryphyn , August 4, 2009 5:41 PM
    Yeah, I'm interested in which versions you can upgrade as well. I have two XP machines, and one Vista machine.
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    Gryphyn , August 4, 2009 5:42 PM
    Hmmm... One of my XP machines is Pro. That sucks.
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    ruhere , August 4, 2009 5:57 PM
    Actually, I guess that has since been debunked in TheStandard.. The following article has an FAQ on the Windows 7 family pack, and they state that you can indeed upgrade with the family pack, from XP/Vista Pro.

    Source
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    imspecial , August 4, 2009 6:13 PM
    Would be even better if it didn't say upgrade...
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