Windows 7 Family Pack Makes a Comeback Today

Windows 7 Family Pack Makes a Comeback Today

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Starting today, customers in the United States can purchase the Windows 7 Family Pack at participating retailers and online at the Microsoft Store. This is your chance to get up to three PCs running Windows 7 Home Premium for the low price of $149.99 ERP. But act fast—Family Pack is only available while supplies last.

For those of you living outside of the U.S., Family Pack will be available for purchase on or after Oct. 22. A list of participating countries can be found at the bottom of this post.

According to IDC’s Consumerscape 360 data, the average U.S. household has two PCs and, for most of these households, setting up a home network is not the easiest task. To meet the needs of these families, Windows 7 was designed with home networking in mind. Windows 7 Home Premium comes with HomeGroup, a new feature that makes sharing photos, music and files between all the PCs in your home network a snap. It’s especially handy if all of your PCs share a printer.

Upgrading to Windows 7 from Windows XP also lets you take advantage to one of all the benefits of the new Windows Live Essentials 2011. Windows Live Essentials is a free suite of software designed to complete your Windows 7 experience by giving you tools to help connect and share with the people you care about most and includes Windows Live Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, Messenger, Mail, Family Safety and Writer.

New to this release of Windows Live Essentials, we’ve added Windows Live Mesh, a simple way to keep your content connected across the web and your devices. Mesh makes it easy to sync virtually unlimited amounts of data between your PCs. You can keep your key files and photos up-to-date and available over the web between devices and, if you’re traveling, you can remotely access any of your PCs over the Internet.

With Photo Gallery and Movie Maker, you can manage, edit and publish photos and movies to popular social networking websites, such as Facebook and Flickr, and it keeps tags in sync between your PC and the web. And you can sync your mail, contacts and calendars across all your PCs, devices and in the cloud with Hotmail.

So don’t wait−give your entire family the gift of Windows 7 Home Premium. Get connected and start sharing your photos and music with the people you care about the most.

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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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  • Shouldn't it be availble today?  correct me if I'm wrong...

    Visited the strore but still say not available in your countrty

    Im in Saudi Arabia

  • Nater
    147 Posts

    I got it.

    Thank you so much for bringing this back.  It saved me a bundle (cause I actually needed all three licenses).

    And since I was upgrading WinXP 32-Bit to 64-Bit Win7 I called in to support just in case I had an issue upgrading, and the guys was like...  Awesome.  He wanted to stay with me on the phone for all 3 installations, but I thought that was a bit excessive (the others went fine) :P

    I hate to sound a bit cliche', but I was totally not expecting to talk to such a nice person who was from here and spoke so clearly...  That's become such a common occurence IRT tech support these days, unfortunately.

  • rahulah
    1 Posts

    Microsoft should consider India also for this offer which I guess will sell like hot cake.  There are many household which have more than 2 pcs in tier II and tier III cities forget about metros.  So please do make sure, India is not left. Microsoft will be the loser if it ignores India.

  • This is a great family pack. i'll try it.

  • @adacosta: May not be true . I am in India . I have a PC and a laptop as does many of them .Still waiting for family pack. Microsoft has Office 2010 family pack in india ...why not windows 7.

  • adacosta
    91 Posts

    @7Flavor Most PC's already come with a qualifying operating system installed, whether its Windows XP or Windows Vista, or even Windows 7 Starter/Home Basic. So, the necessity for a full version upgrade is not detrimental.

  • 7flavor
    352 Posts

    The Family Pack is still an upgrade edition of Home Premium right? Then I will pass thanks. Give me full retail.

  • adacosta
    91 Posts

    @Darryl_Gittins It means Estimated Retail Price.

    @Adina It sounds like you have one PC, so why not just purchase single license retail upgrade from Windows 7 Home Premium which is about US $119? It includes 2 DVDs, one 32 bit the other 64 bit. If you have 32 bit installation of Windows Vista Home Premium, you can just do an in place upgrade to Windows 7 Home Premium.

  • Adina
    1 Posts

    I would like to see Israel on the list. I have been struggling and suffering with Vista on my laptop for a long time already, I have seriously considered upgrading to Win7 even tho it will probably require wiping out my hard drive on the laptop (which tells you how desperate I am) and I heard rumors about a family-pack option for Win7 becoming available. So now that's it's here, why not include Israel, which is a MS development site as well as filled with users?

  • I wonder what ERP means. When it says "the low price of $149.99 ERP", the ERP sounds like it might be some kind of esoteric gotcha, like maybe that means "the low price of $149.99 Each Rough Poodle", which could mean the price is $149.99 times 3 (or $450), plus you have to sign over the ownership of your pooch. Anyone care to guess?

  • adacosta
    91 Posts

    @prajwal and @sunnyboy: Maybe research has shown that not many homes in India have multiple PC's to justify marketing it there.

  • I was hoping to buy the Family Pack in India. It's really sad that the Family Pack is not available in India. :( Any specific reason(s) why it is not made available in India?

  • ya guyz leaving India means 2 things:-

    1. Decreasing the customer value by not launching a global product over here.

    2.  Increasing piracy of softwares by selling the same at huge prices, which many people can't afford.

  • adacosta
    91 Posts

    Its possibly artificial, maybe Microsoft does not want to cannibalize other SKU's. A lot of home users are happy with Windows 7 Home Premium enough not to want to upgrade to Professional or Ultimate which do not offer much justification unless you work with the same computer at home and work.

    Although the license specifically states that all three licenses must be installed in the same household, there is nothing preventing sharing it with another PC outside of it so its possible Microsoft might want to keep that under control. Its possible that generating product key algorithms for a 3 license consumer version of Windows 7 is more costly than doing it for single license retail editions.

    Or its probably about demand and user needs. Not because its Home Premium means everybody wants Home Premium on all PC's at home, so Microsoft might have done some research to make a decision that its best offering it for a limited time.

  • @jasonrdunn and @jaxim... it's a simple concept-- it's called a promotional offer. All promotional offers expire after time. Granted, their choice to word it as limited supplies rather than limited time is kinda odd, but whatever.

  • jaxim
    57 Posts

    @jasonrdunn Totally agree. There is no reason for this to be limited. It's a digital product which is infinitely copyable - especially if you forgo the physical CD and offer it has a downloadable purchase.

  • Nice to see it's back, but what's with the "Limited Supplies" bunk? Either offer it or don't offer it - why play games with your customers by offering it for a while, then pulling it, then offering it again? Quit playing games and simply make it a part of the offering.

  • adacosta
    91 Posts

    Looks like more countries qualify compared to last year. Interesting that India is not on the list.