Windows Anytime Upgrade and Family Pack Pricing

Windows Anytime Upgrade and Family Pack Pricing

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Most people buy a PC preinstalled with the edition of Windows that meets their unique needs. However, for some customers their needs may change over time.

Windows Anytime Upgrade

With Windows Anytime Upgrade (or WAU), we make it super easy and convenient for the small number of customers who’s PC needs evolve to need a higher edition of Windows 7.

There are a couple of specific situations where we think WAU will prove useful:

Windows 7 Starter to Windows 7 Home Premium

Windows 7 Starter to Windows 7 Home Premium: $79.99

A customer may purchase a netbook thinking they would use primarily it for email. Over time, they find they are using that netbook as their primary every-day PC. That person decides they want their netbook to do more. If the netbook is running Windows 7 Starter (or Windows 7 Home Basic in select markets), WAU makes it super easy to upgrade to Windows 7 Home Premium. Moving to Windows 7 Home Premium will allow that customer to take advantage of features such as Aero Peek and other enhanced functionality in the Windows Taskbar in Windows 7 such as Taskbar Previews. Desktop themes are also enabled and so is Remote Media Streaming.

Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 7 Professional Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 7 Ultimate

Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 7 Professional: $89.99
Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 7 Ultimate:
$139.99*

* You’ll note that we’ve reduced the price of moving from Home Premium to Ultimate 12% in the US as compared to Vista pricing

Another case where WAU may come in handy is when a person wants the ability to connect to a business network (a “domain”). Using WAU to move up to Windows 7 Professional enables the customer to take advantage of the ability to join a domain and use Windows XP Mode to run older programs. When using WAU to move to Windows 7 Ultimate, you’ll get everything from the other editions plus BitLocker to keep your USB devices encrypted and secure and the ability to run your PC in any of 35 different languages (via Language Packs).

After Windows 7 is released to market on October 22nd, you will be able to buy a retail package that contains an upgrade key at a store near you for any of the 3 paths I highlighted above.

If you live in Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK or the US (13 countries) – you will be able to purchase the upgrade from Microsoft online directly within Windows 7.

Whether you buy a WAU retail package from a store or online directly within Windows 7, the upgrade takes as few as ten minutes. This is because it only requires an upgrade key (no media). Your current programs, files, and settings will remain intact.

For a rundown of the Windows Anytime Upgrade experience, click here.

Now let’s talk about the Windows 7 Family Pack. Last week I confirmed we were doing a family pack for Windows 7 consisting of Windows 7 Home Premium for installation on up to 3 PCs.

Family Pack of Windows 7 Home Premium

Today, most homes have more than one PC in them. When you run Windows 7 on more than one PC on a home network, you can do more with features like HomeGroup. HomeGroup allows people to connect to PCs on their network and share files, music and photos with the whole family – easily. The Windows 7 Family Pack is an easy and affordable way to get all your PCs in your household running Windows 7 through licensing to install Windows 7 Home Premium on up to 3 PCs.

The Windows 7 Family Pack will be available starting on October 22nd until supplies last here in the US and other select markets. In the US, the price for the Windows 7 Family Pack will be $149.99 for 3 Windows 7 Home Premium licenses. That’s a savings of more than $200 for three licenses. This is a great value and we’re excited to be able to offer it to customers.

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  • kryix
    2 Posts

    OK - so I didn't realize the $150 family pack was for a limited time. Unfortunately, at $119 per license, I'm not going to upgrade the 4 PCs in my house. I would very much love to see the family pack pricing return. Please ...

  • kryix
    2 Posts

    OK - so I didn't realize the $150 family pack was for a limited time. Unfortunately, at $119 per license, I'm not going to upgrade the 4 PCs in my house. I would very much love to see the family pack pricing return. Please ...

  • cpwh
    1 Posts

    I think we need to vent our flustrations to a higher source. with a simple web search I found this.

    Microsoft

    Steve Ballmer, CEO

    (425) 706-XXXX

    steveb@microsoft.com

    Lets e-mail him and see if our requests and pleas fall on deaf ears.

  • Any chance of of the Family Pack returning? We are in the midst of an epic economic downturn. This was a great deal! Couldn't someone in the Microsoft sales department just put this out for those who have expressed continued interest? I don't need a box or media, just three licenses and a download link. It'd be a great opportunity to make some loyal customers happy...

  • RevRedDog
    17 Posts

    Greedy Micro$$oft $trikes again.

    Just when the holidays roll around and people would like to buy items for their PC's Micro$$oft pulls the Windows 7 Family Pack.

    I have 3 PC's in my house that I was going to upgrade from XP to Window$ 7 for the New Year.

    At $149.00 I can make that worthwhile.

    At $357.00 ($119 ea PC) I cannot afford it.

    Looks like 2010 is the year we stay with Window$ XP.

    Thanks again Micro$oft!

  • As long as I am preaching to the choir I might as well throw this one in. The $80 price tag to upgrade the crippled Win7 Starter Edition is obscene. Want to change you background wallpaper? Forget it. You are stuck looking at the Windows logo that MSFT chose on your behalf. Want to make your own Homegroup? No can do. Want to use the Aero features? Pay up. Probably like many others I saw the Win7 OS on the Mini I purchased and thought I was getting the latest greatest OS on the planet. Boy was I in for a surprise when I found out that functions you take for granted were disabled or no longer there. Read the fine print before you buy is all I can say.

  • Guess I won't be upgrading my household anytime soon. I have a mini with Win7 Starter, a Laptop with Vista and a desktop with XP. The family pack was on my list for Christmas but Microsoft decided to pull it before the holidays. I can't afford $360 for 3 individual upgrades so I will just be keeping the $150 in my pocket. Hey Microsoft, do you realize how many $ you are leaving on the table? Drop the price to $50 an upgrade and you wil sell a gazillion copies. Leave your price as it is and the money will dry up after the initial surge. Just my opinion.

  • Redleg
    1 Posts

    Bring back the family pack for Premium and offer a family pack for business.  Otherwise, I see no reason to upgrade at these high prices, I'll wait until I need new computers and purchase them with Windows 7? 8? 9? What ever version.

  • biggd
    1 Posts

    I had planned on getting the Family Pack for Christmas but just found out it was "while supplies last".  Unbelievable that you would have a package for such a limited time.  I refuse to pay the current amount for an upgrade when I had planned on $150 for the three licenses.  I will just stick with XP for several more years.  So much for listening to the people!

  • Monique
    1 Posts

    It is a bad timing for M$ to pull the family pack in the holiday season like this.

    They said they listen to us and windows 7 was user idea, but when it comes to make money, only M$ idea that involved, which is insensitively pull the family packs out.

    I finally got my daughter a MacMini for Christmas, and install 10.6.1 in my asus netbook 1000 HE, and my hubby install his vista vaio with ubuntu. All in the same cost as if I buy individual 3 licenses.

    I will boycott all M$ product for now, including XBOX, and overpriced mouse, etc from them.

    Now they create new programs to make them look less greedy, by buying one PC from their sites, user get 1 more licenses for 50% price. If they can do that, why they can bring the family pack programs back.

    Too late M$, no more business from me and my whole family.

    good riddance

  • As of this morning, August 25th, the following language packs are available for download from Windows Update. Please note Traditional Chinese –Taiwan will be released at a later date.

    These language packs are available to our enterprise customers running Windows 7 Enterprise and Windows 7 Ultimate RTM versions only. Customers on the Windows 7 Release Candidate are not eligible for these language packs.

    For information on the general availability of Windows 7 Ultimate and all other version, please refer to Brandon’s post here.

    Languages:

    •Arabic

    •English

  • As of this morning, August 25th, the following language packs are available for download from Windows Update. Please note Traditional Chinese –Taiwan will be released at a later date.

    These language packs are available to our enterprise customers running Windows 7 Enterprise and Windows 7 Ultimate RTM versions only. Customers on the Windows 7 Release Candidate are not eligible for these language packs.

    For information on the general availability of Windows 7 Ultimate and all other version, please refer to Brandon’s post here.

    Languages:

    •Arabic

    •Brazilian Portuguese

    •Bulgarian

    •Chinese – Simplified

    •Chinese – Traditional – Hong Kong

    •Croatian

    •Czech

    •Danish

    •Dutch

    •English

    •Estonian

    •Finnish

    •French

    •German

    •Greek

    •Hebrew

    •Hindi

    •Hungarian

    •Italian

    •Japanese

    •Korean

    •Lithuanian

    •Norwegian

    •Polish

    •Portuguese

    •Romanian

    •Russian

    •Serbian Latin

    •Slovak

    •Slovenian

    •Spanish

    •Swedish

    •Thai

    •Turkish

    •Ukrainian

  • This is one of the first times I have commented on a blog.  This program was a great idea.  Unfortunately for many of us, we wait until the holiday season to make our big purchases.  Wow, that was a mistake.  I went out to the store today to get the family pack so I could update our computers from XP as a Christmas present to the family.  However, I couldn't find it anywhere.  Came back, looked it up on the internet and found out that Microsoft pulled it right before Christmas.  Happy Holidays indeed. Really, really, REALLY bad move.  Wake up Microsoft.  Now I am stuck with Linux if I want to upgrade all of them since I can not afford 3 more licenses.  Not really what I wanted to do...

  • dgjjr
    1 Posts

    Gotta agree with the high level of pissed-tivity here.  I was planning on buying the family pack for Christmas and upgrading our three home systems over the shut-down.  Guess that isn't happening now.  Thanks Redmond - Merry Christmas to you too.  Anybody know where I can spend $150 this Christmas?

  • I was looking to getting the windows 7 family pack for Christmas and spending some time upgrading my two Vista machines and maybe even my old trusty XP system.  I thought Microsoft finally got it right for the holidays. Without being able to buy the 3 pack, I will not be upgrading anytime soon.  Bring back the family pack!

  • As of right now, the discontinuation of the Family Pack is a small PR problem. You're getting a lot of negative press but it's relegated to "techie" blogs and websites. The last thing you want is for this story to be picked up by the MSM nationally. Not only will it negatively impact sales of your single-user version (as people now expect to pay $150 for 3 licenses) but you'll also have yet another hurdle to overcome in your negative image.

    Re-introducing the Family Pack after a MSM blow up doesn't solve the problem because then you not only look greedy but you look like fools.

    You've always said that this was a limited time offer that may be extended based on customer feedback. What kind of feedback did you expect and what kind are you getting? You did consider that, right? So you said to yourselves, "if this is overwhelmingly successful and we sell out in 3 weeks, we're gonna need to make this offer permanent and get the boxes back on the shelves." You did say this to yourselves, right?

    Or did you say "if this is overwhelmingly successful and we sell out in 3 weeks, we're just gonna pick our butts in silence while our potential customers become increasingly frustrated and we generate a lot of bad publicity."

    Start acting like leaders.

  • One more voice to the fray ... if the family pack license does not return, I will not upgrade my existing machines. In point of fact, I paid less than $400 each for my kids laptops and I'm not about to pay an additional $90 each to upgrade them.

    I guess it's up to you, MS, keep your arrogant head in the clouds while you eke out every dime from those fortunate enough to be able to afford your technology (a la Lexus) or condesend to meet the masses where they live - in the low-end computer box (a la Hyundai).

  • Bring the Family Pack Back!

    I don't think it was intentional, but MS has pissed off a lot of customers.  The timing and release of the family pack put it in a lot of consumers heads to place it under the tree on Dec 25th.  Only to find out that it was pulled from shelves by Dec 1st, just as the prime shopping season started?  Poor planning or just plain ignorant?

    After putting up with Vista and hoping for something better I was tickled to see the family pack offer.  I slept on it... and found that the day I went to purchase it... it was gone.  I have 3 computers (2 running vista and 1 running a prerelease version of 7)  Now I am faced with paying $360 in operating systems... yeah right!  I am thinking I will dump windows for Linux, ms office for open office, and IE for mozilla.  If you want my business then you'll have to earn it.  I know I am only one person, but there are millions out here thinking the same thing.

    I really hate to do it, I have been loyal since windows 3.1, I believe in supporting innovation, but how can I stay loyal when you aren't making strides to be competitive? Apple offers their operating system with 5 licenses for 1/3 the price of the family pack offer.  Seriously I have to wonder why you can't figure this out.  Innovation has turned into stagnation...

  • Brandon -- Per your post in the most recent Windows 7 related blog, I'm posting my feedback here (for purposes of staying on topic).  However, without your post in that comment area, I wouldn't have known where "here" was.  I would hope that regardless of Microsoft's final decision on the family pack pricing, you should address this price change head-on in the blog and allow 'real' feedback from users to be accumulated and considered after making the announcement more broadly and in the light of day for those who follow the blog...

    I won't be saying anything that hasn't yet been said, but I now have 4 of my own personal machines (1 Win 7 recently purchased as well as 2 XP and 1 Vista device which serve a variety of purposes in my house) as well as collectively 6 other XP and Vista machines I support remotely for my parents, my sister, and my in-laws.  Obviously, updating these machines hasn't been a top priority for me (especially since 6 of them are 300 miles away), however I was fully prepared to buy 3 family packs in the next week or two and upgrade all of these computers to Win 7 during our holiday visits with them in PA and FL.  Now, my in-laws and my wife are not begging me to upgrade their machines, nor would we see a ton of significant value and functionality to do so.  However, I primarily would upgrade so that my wife would have a consistent user experience on our 4 home machines and I would have a greatly simplified set of configurations for the machines I support remotely for my non-techie family members.  I am not an IT professional, but definitely the family tech guy.  

    Unfortunately for me, I didn't buy the Win 7 family packs prior to Microsoft's discontinuation.  At full upgrade price, it's just not worth upgrading any of these machines.  I think you should reconsider the family pack offering.  At this point in time post-launch, most of your users who really wanted to upgrade have already done so.  For the rest of us who would upgrade casually (and for similar less-critical reasons as mine), most of us probably wouldn't do so at an additional cost of $200 (per 3 machines).

  • The name says it all - bring back the family 3pack - for all the reasons already cited.  Listen to your customers, Microsoft - they're telling you what they want - now do it!

  • I am sorry to see that MS is only offering this in limited quantities especially at Christmas. I realize MS makes more revenue selling individual installations but I have been a loyal Windows user, upgrading with each version for several releases and now would like to upgrade all three computers in my house but cannot afford to at the single copy price. I hope MS will reconsider and make this part of their regular line up.

  • boa49
    1 Posts

    Bring Back the Family Pack!

  • ericnay
    3 Posts

    I've already said my piece:

    BRING BACK THE FAMILY PACK.

    'Nuff said.

  • I agree with the past few comments. Microsoft should bring back the family 3 pack again. I can't believe that it sold out in less than 2 months and Microsoft will not bring it back.

  • <-------------Bring Back the Family Pack------------->

    I thought Microsoft had done the right thing with the Family Pack Deal, and as a shareholder it was nice to see MS actually remove it's cranium from it's rectal cavity, not so fast...

    I am not going to upgrade or recommend any of my friends or family upgrade until the Family Pack Deal is restored.

    Pissed and Disappointed!

    </-------------Bring Back the Family Pack------------->

  • Why is Microsoft pulling this deal?  Do they really want to lose more home customers?  I know they'll never lose there business customers but they are going to start to lose more and more home users to there competitors.  Come on Microsoft step up and extend this deal....

  • nanna
    1 Posts

    Please reconsider...

    what an unfair burden for struggling families!!!!!

  • Microsoft what a poor choice of not providing a permanent family pack upgrade. I started with Windows 1.0, then Win286, Win386, Win3.0, Win3.11, WinNT 3.51, WinNT4.0, WinXP. I skipped the WinME and WinVista "upgrades" and was planning on giving Win7 a try. However I will not be "upgrading" the three WinXP machines that I have for the $150-200 each price tag that is presently being offered.

    Hope y'all reconsider. I have about had it with the constant upgrade fees and "pay for anything you can charge for" attitude that M$ has as I see it become in the last decade. The main reason I was originally attracted to M$ many years ago was because of they had no copy protection and did not require a "key disk". Maybe M$ should recall what happened to Lotus and Wordperfect who thought that they had such great products and market share that they could do and charge anything that they thought appropriate.

    Do the right thing M$. Just my 2 cents worth.

    bigbearf

  • aje10
    1 Posts

    It is difficult to believe that this would be a "limited time" promotion - scheduled to run out before christmas.  We have several PCs in our home, along with a child in college and cannot afford to pay for individual licenses for all of our PCs.  Please reconsider your position and bring back the multi license family pack - this is the best way to ensure that people upgrade legally and that pricegouging of resales does not occur.  

    Do the right thing.

  • Excited to offer it to select customers in select geographic locations.  I must tell you of all the "downers" that I have experienced during the holidays, namely an item I was looking for as a gift to someone no longer being available, the almost complete absence of the Windows 7 Home Premium Family Pack will top the list of all time. Don't get me wrong, I mean I can find it for a measily $257 dollars.  Yes, I'm sure you are aware of that.  What a complete and total rip off.  It's the holidays and a time when more PC in any variety are introduced into homes all over the country.  Homes as your demographic studies would show already possess a PC, probably running XP or that ME variant called Vista.  So now we have the wonderful opportunity to have not one OS in our home but 3!  I have a new Windows 7 netbook, a PC running Windows Vista and a laptop running XP.  To sync them up to one OS so I can see "the true power of home networking with Windows 7, I'll have to dish out cash for 2 separate OS's.  That is EXACTLY how I want to spend my hard earned money in this fairly crappy economy we are in.  While I initially praised you for the oustanding work you did in Window 7, I find myself disgusted with you once again over this bullcrap "limited time/limited locations" mess you pulled with the Family Pack.  What was it?  Did the actual goodwill that so many of us who have used your products since Windows 3.1, Windows 3.11 Workgroup, Windows 95/NT/2000/ME/XP leave a bad taste in your mouth so you felt compelled to play the Grinch this holiday season?

    I won't apologize if I sound slightly miffed, because I am.  I just spent the better part of the night going to  stores in the slim hopes of finding a product I anticipated on finding relatively easily, and finished up at Amazon looking at an ungodly markup from 149 to 257.  Talk about sticking it to the public.  I made note of the sellers so I would never spend a dime at their company for any product no matter what it was and if it were a penny on a dollar.

    I just can't believe you Microsoft - here on this Team 7 Blog you do nothing but praise and slather wonderful tiding on your product and your team and meanwhile in the REAL WORLD, your consumers - the people you actually developed the product for are getting screwed.  Screwed at Christmas.  What a feeling!!!

    I must stop now because the more I express my disatisfaction, the more I am disatisfied.  Maybe I'm better off downgrading my machines to XP SP3 and just living in a soon to be unsupported world - because guess what?  With Windows 7 Family Pack - you already STOPPED supporting me.

    I do wish, in spite of my frustration at you completely incomprehensible.......... actions wtih Win 7 FP, I do truly wish you all a very Merry Christmas, and congratulations, you truly made an outstanding OS in Windows 7.  But your completely failed on the delivery.

    Best wishes,

    Robert Salmon

    Temple, Tx.

  • You have got to be kidding me! I have three kids in school and they have three XP machines (I'm a web developer and build my own machines) that are perfect for upgrading. Is Microsoft really aware of how terrible this economy is? How on earth could Microsoft have pulled this Family Pack just before Christmas? I promised my kids upgrades to Win7 for Christmas, but am struggling every month to pay the mortgage and expenses--business has evaporated this year.

    Does the Grinch live in Redmond? I can't afford single licenses for the kids, so without the Family Pack, we'll end up skipping Win7 just like we skipped Vista.

  • Microsoft

    ;\You need to make the family pack AND family Pack upgrade (from XP or Vista) available at the promised reasonable price.

    We have three children in 8th (one) grade and (2) high school (twins...same grade) and simply cannot afford to buy separate licenses for all the computers we and our children use. Three would be a good minimum, with low extra cost options for numbers four and five!

    Help the families who rely on your software and really have no choice.

    Thank you for your consideration.

  • wzittle
    1 Posts

    Why did you stop selling windows 7 family pack and especially pre Chrismas?  My budget did not allow me to bue the family pack until Dec. now it is gone except for your releases in other countries.  Please plan on returning the valuable pack to the USA!!!!!!!

    Thanks

  • Unfortunately, I waited too long to jump on the Family Pack pricing.  Now I see it is no longer available at the retail stores in my area (including Costco - sold out and now a deleted item), even at the Microsoft website.  I see it available starting at around $180 at Amazon.  Do you think Microsft will bring back this Family Pricing?  I sure hope so, since I have 3 laptops and 4 desktops in the family that are capable of an upgrade.  If not, then I cannot afford to pay the per/license pricing.  Thanks.

  • ronaldsauve, the Windows 7 Family Pack comes only with 3 copies of Windows 7 Home Premium at this time.

    Thanks!

  • I am interested in purchasing a family pack.  However, I am interested in Professional or Ultimate as opposed to the Home Premium, as I would like the additional features in these versions.  Do you have a similar offering for one of these?  I prefer the Ultimate in a family pack.  Could you contact me via my email?

    Thanks,

    ronaldsauve

  • jmc8888
    1 Posts

    I think they have a fairly serious pr problem about to brew All revolving around their intra-os upgrade policy.

    I guess it doesn't bother me, but I just noticed something that I'm sure will irk a lot of people.

    I purchased windows 7 home premium, but I forgot about xpm.  

    (which is useless, especially if the software you are running uses a vid card as it'll only emulate a 12 or 16mb vid card.)  Not to mention whatever software it is will be noticeably slower in windows 7 on the same computer when using xpm.)

    Anyways, well I remember reading somewhere that with windows 7 you'll be able to purchase upgrades within this generation.  So if you bought like me windows 7 home premium, you need not have to buy a whole new windows 7 proffessional.  But you might as well pretty much.

    The problem is, I paid 99 bucks on sale, normal price 109 for oem version of windows 7 home premium.  I could of had professional for 129. 20 dollars more.  Remember that number.

    The problem is this.  

    If I want to download the upgrade, from windows 7 home premium to windows 7 professional (that's one step up), it will cost 89.95 to do this.

    So I could spend 129 originally, or close to 200 for the same product if I decide to upgrade via the new download upgrade anytime thing.

    At 90 bucks, I might as well buy a 2nd user license.  I can understand the 20 difference, or maybe a little extra like 30.  But charging someone 80 bucks, who only paid 100 or so originally, to upgrade for 20 bucks worth of software is a bad move that I feel a lot of people are going to discover.

    'Oh I just bought home premium because I can upgrade it'

    Yeah, at 2x the cost.

  • Glad to hear it, but - What is the MS part number, when and where will it be available?

  • Evelyn
    1 Posts

    I would like to see a family pack offer for those of us who bought the Windows Vista Ultimate. We paid more money, got very little in return and now will be spending even more money to upgrade to a similar version of Windows 7.

  • bs2000
    15 Posts

    No I have been a life time Windows User, But back when Vista came out I was in High School and didn't make enough money to spend on Vista Ultimate for something I could have got cheaper, but Im have  self taught myself computers starting with DOS so I want to be on the latest but Never got what we where promised. Now After Just coming off the misrable failure of Windows ME to go to Vista and now they spit in our face again.

  • bs2000
    15 Posts

    No I have been a life time Windows User, But back when Vista came out I was in High School and didn't make enough money to spend on Vista Ultimate for something I could have got cheaper, but Im have  self taught myself computers starting with DOS so I want to be on the latest but Never got what we where promised. Now After Just coming off the misrable failure of Windows ME to go to Vista and now they spit in our face again.

  • Windows' selling its software strategy or business model is really smart because it doesn't have to have stock for each spec. Also it doesn't have to lack of stock. Changing specs for the software, it just needs smalle change some program inside a chip. It is possible to become new type for merchandise management and control.

  • I meant "part-time" , oops.  I wish I could edit my previous comment. :-(

  • Brandon,

    After a comment like that I guess you are a LINUX user?

    Each to their own, and whether or not He/She chooses Windows 7 or not.

    I'm in no rush to buy Windows 7, as I only work at-time at the moment.

    I might stick to my XP Tablet Edition and VISTA ULTIMATE anyway. :-) They fine enough for me.

  • bs2000
    15 Posts

                               Vista Ultimate Upgrade: $300

                                Hardware to be capable with Vista: $400

    Upgrade to MS 7/MS sticks it to its loyal Fans: Priceless

  • Is there any reason why Microsoft just put out this Windows 7 family pack already.

    I have 4 computers at home and 3 of them have Win Vista Home Premiun.

    For Me this is a no brainer and others as well from what I've been reading.

  • luam93
    1 Posts

    Can you please tell me if WIN7 32 bytes support 6 gigs ram memory?

  • scronide
    21 Posts

    @PDGee7: From the post above: "The Windows 7 Family Pack will be available starting on October 22nd until supplies last here in the US and other select markets."

    Still a while away yet.

  • PDGee7
    2 Posts

    Having already ordered two copies of W7 I wanted to convert them to "Family Plan" for my 3rd PC. MS Store has nothing. Internet has announcement after announcement - but no place to order. Am I missing something?

    What EXACTLY is the CURRENT status of the Family Plan offer and where can it be found?

  • crawfj
    1 Posts

    To those who keep asking about when Windows 7 will be available through MSDNAA, there was an article posted here July 21st giving a date of August 6:

    windowsteamblog.com/.../when-will-you-get-windows-7-rtm.aspx

  • Why do we have to wait for this Windows 7 family pack. I have 4 computers in my Home.

    I plan to upgrade on of my computerfrom Vista Ultimate to Win 7 Professional and upgrade my other 3 from Vista Home Premiun to Win 7 Home Premiun.

    So Microsoft how about releasing this Family pack now so I can Pre-order this already...!!!!!!

  • Why do we have to wait for this Windows 7 family pack. I have 4 computers in my Home.

    I plan to upgrade on of my computerfrom Vista Ultimate to Win 7 Professional and upgrade my other 3 from Vista Home Premiun to Win 7 Home Premiun.

    So Microsoft how about releasing this Family pack now so I can Pre-order this already...!!!!!!

  • Why do we have to wait for this Windows 7 family pack. I have 4 computers in my Home.

    I plan to upgrade on of my computerfrom Vista Ultimate to Win 7 Professional and upgrade my other 3 from Vista Home Premiun to Win 7 Home Premiun.

    So Microsoft how about releasing this Family pack now so I can Pre-order this already.

  • Why does Microsoft restrict Aero peek and other Aero graphical features in the low-level packages?

    I understand the decision behind networking, bitlocker, and others as being part of the high-level packages, but it seems silly to prevent users from experiencing the cool graphical features of the Aero interface just because they get Windows 7 Home or Starter or Basic or whatever...

    I don't think updated graphical features encourages consumers to upgrade. It just frustrates them that those features don't work on their computer. Most will probably think their computer can't handle it and won't even know that it's because Windows is preventing them from using features that are already there, but need a key to unlock.

  • Josh
    1 Posts

    Brandon, thanks for providing some great insight on how folks can upgrade to Windows 7 when it's released! I always feel comfortable pointing people to the Windows Team Blog to find clear-cut answers to their questions.

    I've written about my own experience installing the Windows 7 RC on a U.S. laptop and a Japanese laptop. I didn't get into too much detail, but if anyone has any questions about the differences, feel free to ask me and I'll do my best to give a detailed description.

    www.columnbreak.com/.../recapping-three-months-with-windows-7.html

  • hitmouse
    96 Posts

    "The Windows 7 Family Pack will be available starting on October 22nd until supplies last here in the US and other select markets."

    Given the pattern established by recent upgrade offers and beta-tester rewards that's almost certainly just going to be a subset of countries with Microsoft Store presence.

    It's about time Microsoft actually started providing hyperlinked footnotes to expressions like "internationally" and "select countries".

  • petera
    1 Posts

    $150 USA converts to less than $200 Australian for the family pack.

    If it is more than that I will not upgrade.

    The family pack should not be for a limited time only.

  • cosmos
    4 Posts

    Hi guys -

    Couldn't find a better place to post this, so here goes:

    WINDOWS 7 LOCKED OUT AND ACCESS DENIED TO ALL USERS

    I was locked out of my computer and the one and only User was stripped of Administrator privileges, rendering me unable to access the C: drive or do much else except open browser windows - I wasn't even able to run native programs, like Office, without errors. The error code I was given when trying to do anything was: 0x800704b3

    This started whenever I attempted to create a Remote Desktop Connection with my laptop, which is running XP. However, from the many posts I discovered around the Web, the issue seems to be most closely associated with Homegroup.

    Thankfully - and because I was unfortunately unable to find any official Microsoft advice on the matter - a user was able to find a fix/workaround. It can be found here, by still_the_same: social.technet.microsoft.com/.../55e914fc-7ff2-440a-9d14-13ccceeb756c

    You guys have done a great job with Windows 7! I am a HUGE proponent and have encouraged everyone I know to be interested, but this is a HUGE problem. The 'average' user would have been left only to do an entire clean install.

    I really hope you post an official monograph in the Knowledge Base - or simply fix the problem - very, very soon. It will reflect very poorly (again!) on Microsoft and the Windows team if you are touting the 'ease of home networking' so prominently while knowing that even attempting to do so puts one at risk for being completely locked out of his/her computer.

    Thanks again and keep up the great work!

  • cosmos
    4 Posts

    Hi guys -

    Couldn't find a better place to post this, so here goes:

    WINDOWS 7 LOCKED OUT AND ACCESS DENIED TO ALL USERS

    I was locked out of my computer and the one and only User was stripped of Administrator privileges, rendering me unable to access the C: drive or do much else except open browser windows - I wasn't even able to run native programs, like Office, without errors. The error code I was given when trying to do anything was: 0x800704b3

    This started whenever I attempted to create a Remote Desktop Connection with my laptop, which is running XP. However, from the many posts I discovered around the Web, the issue seems to be most closely associated with Homegroup.

    Thankfully - and because I was unfortunately unable to find any official Microsoft advice on the matter - a user was able to find a fix/workaround. It can be found here, by still_the_same: social.technet.microsoft.com/.../55e914fc-7ff2-440a-9d14-13ccceeb756c

    You guys have done a great job with Windows 7! I am a HUGE proponent and have encouraged everyone I know to be interested, but this is a HUGE problem. The 'average' user would have been left only to do an entire clean install.

    I really hope you post an official monograph in the Knowledge Base - or simply fix the problem - very, very soon. It will reflect very poorly (again!) on Microsoft and the Windows team if you are touting the 'ease of home networking' so prominently while knowing that even attempting to do so puts one at risk for being completely locked out of his/her computer.

    Thanks again and keep up the great work!

  • cosmos
    4 Posts

    Hi guys -

    Couldn't find a better place to post this, so here goes:

    WINDOWS 7 LOCKED OUT AND ACCESS DENIED TO ALL USERS

    I was locked out of my computer and the one and only User was stripped of Administrator privileges, rendering me unable to access the C: drive or do much else except open browser windows - I wasn't even able to run native programs, like Office, without errors. The error code I was given when trying to do anything was: 0x800704b3

    This started whenever I attempted to create a Remote Desktop Connection with my laptop, which is running XP. However, from the many posts I discovered around the Web, the issue seems to be most closely associated with Homegroup.

    Thankfully - and because I was unfortunately unable to find any official Microsoft advice on the matter - a user was able to find a fix/workaround. It can be found here, by still_the_same: social.technet.microsoft.com/.../55e914fc-7ff2-440a-9d14-13ccceeb756c

    You guys have done a great job with Windows 7! I am a HUGE proponent and have encouraged everyone I know to be interested, but this is a HUGE problem. The 'average' user would have been left only to do an entire clean install.

    I really hope you post an official monograph in the Knowledge Base - or simply fix the problem - very, very soon. It will reflect very poorly (again!) on Microsoft and the Windows team if you are touting the 'ease of home networking' so prominently while knowing that even attempting to do so puts one at risk for being completely locked out of his/her computer.

    Thanks again and keep up the great work!

  • cosmos
    4 Posts

    Hey guys -

    Can't find any other better place to post this, so here goes:

    WINDOWS 7 ACCESS DENIED AND ALL USERS LOCKED OUT!

    PLEASE send along the bug to your engineers (and post in an easy-to-find location) that, from reading the numerous posts around the Web, seems to be associated with Homegroup. I learned this as a result of losing my Administrator rights with my one and only username. I was trying to establish a Remote Desktop Connection with my laptop that's running XP. Next thing I knew, the computer froze and upon reset, I couldn't really access anything except my Internet browsers. For the 'average' user, they would have been devastated as I'm something approaching a 'power user' and I almost resorted to a clean install, as almost all have done according to their Web posts...someone discovered a fix/workaround and it can be found here: social.technet.microsoft.com/.../55e914fc-7ff2-440a-9d14-13ccceeb756c  for error code 0x800704b3

    I thought this was so important that I needed to post it here. I hope you know about it already, but if not, please take note and fix this problem.

    Thanks and keep up the great work!

  • Gisabun
    8 Posts

    If it's an upgrade, you can upgrade from any previous [valid/legal] copy in the "Home" SKUs to Windows 7 Home. For example, you can't upgrade from Win XP Pro to Windows 7 Home or from Vista 7 Business yo Windows 7 Home.

    Having the family pack for a limited time is stupid. you don't see Symantec or McAfee selling 3 packs for a limited time.

    @pangwy: Contact sony. Why asking here? All PC makers should be carrying the free Win 7 upgrade if you buy a system before January 31, 2010. They will send you a DVD with an image with all Win 7 compatible apps.

    @Jobbigt42: Why are you asking here about MSDN issues? This article is obviously for retail questionsa. Go to the MSDN site. Last I heard, MSDN subscribers will be able to download at least the English editions on or after august 6th.

  • pangwy
    4 Posts

    I want to buy Sony VAIO VGN-NM15.  Is there anyone know if those pre-installed programs are compatible with Window 7

  • Great news on the family pack, the question really now is will it be available in stores e.g. BestBuy etc, and what countries will it be available in besides the USA.

  • Still no news about MSDN AA?

    Only upgrade licenses and a limited supply of family packs is just stupid. Like mrmckeb said, that will only encourage piracy.

    And what about pricing in EU? Will probably follow the stupid $1=€1 conversion, or worse.

  • Still no news about MSDN AA?

    Only upgrade licenses and a limited supply of family pack is just stupid. Like mrmckeb said, that will encourage piracy.

    And what will the prices be in EU? Will probably follow the stupid $1=€1 conversion.

  • I'd like to see the Family Pack released in Australia. That would suit my family perfectly. There are three computers in their rumpus room that I would love to buy Windows 7 for, but considering the cost of purchasing 3 individual upgrades of anything over here, I don't see the family pack being affordable either...

  • mrmckeb
    26 Posts

    Are you guys insane? Limited supply of Family Packs? Limited markets? That will only encourage piracy.

  • hitmouse
    96 Posts

    Hmmm. Still need to use that Word grammar and contextual spelling checker before posting...

  • this is a step in the right direction for pricing of the family pack... and its good to see that the promo pricing isnt all dead...congrats to those who ordered 3 copies of home premium not knowing if there was going to be a family pack offer...your gamble saved you 2 cents.

  • mmaki
    1 Posts

    Sorry, can't resist, but there is no better topic for a Linux user to hear or watch discussed that Windows pricing and licensing. I love it!

  • Scronide:

    Click on the Home Pack Image for a better view - clearly marked UPGRADE.

    :(

  • Korn1699
    114 Posts

    What about a Pro to Ultimate upgrade price?  I was able to go from Business to Ultimate with Vista, so I would think that there would be that option with Windows 7 as well.  Hopefully there is something because I will have to stick with the discount from earlier on 3 Pro copied because there hasn't been anything anounced about a discout for Vista Ultimate users...  

  • I hope that 'selected markets' for the proposed family pack of Win 7 Home Premium includes Oztralia.

    We missed out on the 'near 50%' offer.

  • scronide
    21 Posts

    Just to clarify why I ask about the Family Pack licensing, you say:

    "In the US, the price for the Windows 7 Family Pack will be $149.99 for 3 Windows 7 Home Premium licenses. That’s a savings of more than $200 for three licenses."

    Upgrade licenses: (3 * $119.99) - $149.99 = $209.98

    Full licenses: (3 * $199.99) - $149.99 = $449.98

    This implies the Family Pack only contains upgrade licenses. What, then, are the preconditions for using the Family Pack?

  • Mike W.
    4 Posts

    @Havoc -- I feel you.  I too went all out for Vista Ultimate edition and felt very forgotten about.  Very few "Ultimate Extras" in the long run.  Also, I've heard that if you upgrade from Vista Ultimate to 7 Ultimate, it will notify you that extras (such as the moving wallpaper and games) will all be removed as they are no longer supported.  I will not be wasting money on the Ultimate edition this time.

  • scronide
    21 Posts

    Why is there a limited supply of the Family Pack?

    What are the other select markets?

    What will the price be in those other select markets?

    Does the Family Pack provide full licenses?

  • Havoc
    12 Posts

    I would rather purchase a legally licensed copy of Win7.

    I also am looking for the upgrade path from Vista Ultimate to 7 Ultimate. Supposedly MS was looking into this according to Brandon LeBlanc, but havent seen anything new on it yet. I hope they decide to help their customer base who actually spent the highest on their OS.

  • Mike W.
    4 Posts

    I assume the 3 licenses for the family pack are upgrade licenses, not full?  And if so, do all 3 PCs have to be running an older version of Windows prior to Windows 7?

    Either way, this price point is very good!

  • That's great and all. But you still haven't answered the question about when it'll be available on MSDN AA?

  • Windows 7 is the best, congratulations Microsoft for this initiative to provide Windows 7 Famlily Pack common for us users.

    Thank you!

  • That's great and all. But you still haven't answered the question about when it'll be available on MSDN AA?

  • Sweet, now that is good. This doesn't anger the people who got the promotional pricing, because its about the same price. The promotional pricing still lives on! Thanks Microsoft!

  • Is that Windows 7 Family Pack for upgrade from XP or Vista only?  Or can I use it to install over an older Windows version or Linux machine (for example)?

  • Albert
    94 Posts

    3-for-$150...not bad at all. Good move guys...great move.