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All summer long we’ve given you some great reasons to purchase a new PC and make the move to Windows 7, an operating system loved by a whopping 94% of folks who use it! Here’s one more: starting October 3 in the U.S., Windows 7 Family Pack will be available for purchase at participating retailers and online at the Microsoft Store. Purchasing the Windows 7 Family Pack gives you three upgrade licenses of Windows 7 Home Premium for the low price of $149.99. To take advantage of Family Pack, you’ll need a PC running a genuine copy of either Windows Vista or Windows XP that is capable of running Windows 7. The Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor can tell you which features and editions of Windows 7 will run on your computer(s).
For those of you who don’t live in the U.S., Family Pack may be coming your way too. It goes on sale in Canada, UK, Germany, France, Australia and many other markets on or after Oct. 22 (Windows 7’s 1 year anniversary!)
According to IDC’s Consumerscape 360 data, there are 2.1 PCs per household in the U.S., but, as we all know, networking isn’t easy. Windows 7 has built in features – like HomeGroup- that make it easy and quick to get all of your home PCs connected and sharing files, music, photos and printers.
So, don’t delay. The Windows 7 Family Pack will be available soon while supplies last.
If you have any questions, feel free to hit me up on Twitter.
Great! Maybe you could put up some offer soon for Windows 7 Pro for students. No, I don't mean an offer for an upgrade-only edition which you already have out.
@Gaurav I hope you do know that the only difference between "upgrade" and "full" edition keys besides price is that full editions do not require you to own a previous version of Windows (in 7s case, XP or Vista). An upgrade version can be used to perform a clean install the same as a full version. Most computers that still run 98, 2000 or Me usually won't even meet the requirements for 7. Any student that still has a computer running those no longer supported versions (of which I know none that are) would be better off buying a new computer altogether, that would most likely already include 7 or an OS that can be upgraded. The only reason I could see for a student needing a deal for a full version would be to install 7 on a computer which has no OS (not many students I know can afford to build their own computer), or on a Mac using Boot Camp - but that's just plain silly.
I suggest you read the official Windows 7 FAQ here: http://bit.ly/dCjWzA
@Guarav, there is nearly no reason to have Windows 7 Professional outside of a business environment... the only real benefit is remote desktop host capability (which can be granted by installing the latest Windows Live Essentials beta and using Live Sync), and it also grants the ability to join to an Active Directory network. There is literally no other end-user feature benefit. But that said, go to your campus bookstore and I'm sure you will find some discounts because of student pricing.
@Gaurav, if you are a student at a University, they most likely have an agreement with Microsoft to provide software affordably under a volume license program and developer programs such as Campus agreement and MSDN-AA respectively. Also, providing Windows 7 Professional Upgrade for students still make sense, you don't need the full license, considering that you must have a machine running a qualifying version of Windows already.
Also, if you have a Mac, you can still use the upgrade, since under MSDN-AA and volume license, OS X can be used a qualifying product the upgrade.
@Gaurav - Right now you can get an electronic software download of Windows 7 Professional if you have a valid .edu email address. Here's the link: www.microsoft.com/.../windows.aspx
@Gaurav - forgot the most important part: it's $29.99
Awesome! I have a relative who has asked me about upgrading their Vista computers to Windows 7. Now, I can afford to give this to them as a gift.
This is nice... but I have my questions about it.
It is necesary to have a genuine copy of Windows XP or Windows Vista in order to Upgrade; but is it really necesary to install Windows 7 through an upgrade installation process?
I am a user who usually makes fresh installations in order to "clean" my computer, once or twice a year (may be three times). And installing Windows 7 through an upgrade installation process means that everytime I want to reinstall Windows 7 I must (after formating) install an older copy of Windows and then install Windows 7 on it: two installations.
Is there anyway in which this could be skiped? May be an upgrade installation that doesn't require the older Windows to be installed and just asks for its Key alongside with the Windows 7 key, in order to initalize the installation?
Thanks for your time and comments!
@pistonh: actually, there are a few other features in Windows 7 Professional that aren't available in W7HP. Location-specific printing and ready access to Previous Versions are part of the selling points for W7Pro.
@Bruno: Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows has a nice article on how to deal with our problem. Google "clean install Windows 7 upgrade"; the link is the first result.
However, if you're reinstalling *that* often, why not use the built-in system image feature of Windows Backup & Restore? Do the installation once, then "Create a system image" from the Backup & Restore application. You can boot from the Windows 7 installation DVD and use the "Repair your system" option to recover your computer to this point in time. Alternately, invest in a third-party imaging program like Acronis TrueImage.
Either way, it saves a TON of time and energy when refreshing your Windows installation.
Wow... Wish you would have told me 2 weeks earlier. Oh, well. I still like Windows 7.
Thanks for your reply. I didn't search before because I have a full installation media right now.
I've read the article, but it still requires me to install XP or Vista prior to install Windows 7.
In the other hand, I think I'll give a try to the Backup & Restore application. I'll probabbly test it in a Windows Virtual PC environment prior to use it on my actual PCs.
Thanks again for your comment and your time!
I agree with Gaurav. Full version should be offered to students.
I don't get the point of offering a full version to students? Why the obsession with it? Even if you want to do a clean install, you can with the upgrade version.
Actualy there literally are end-user reasons to get Win7 Pro
XP mode and Full System Backup and Restore
Agree with others, - there is a major reason to go for the PRO- version: The full backup and imaging option.
Other possibilities is one I prefere: Aconis True Image Home 2010 home + plusPack as avery useful tool. (2011 is released). You can also use this for making a WIM image, by converting from the TIB-image. and vise-versa.
But beware! Make a boot disk when istalling it. Remember to make a system repair disk too from Windows, in case of loosing the original DVD from which you installed the OS.