Windows 7 Family Pack "sells out" in US

If it's too good to be true, it probably is. Microsoft has officially sold out of the Windows 7 Home Premium Family Pack in the US. The Family Pack was a special edition that consisted of three licenses for $150. When compared to the price of a single upgrade license ($110), the Family Pack was a steal. These things sold faster than beer at a Yankees game.

When the deal was first announced, Microsoft had said that it would be a limited time offer, available while supplies lasted. The Family Pack was a major contributing factor in the success of Windows 7's launch, as the new OS broke sales records across the board, selling 234% more boxed editions than Vista in its initial release (according to NPD Group).

Being that it was such a huge hit, it would make sense for Microsoft to continue selling it. After all, Apple always sells Mac OS in family packs. For now, if you want to get your hands on one, you'll have to pay a premium (though it's still cheaper than buying individual licenses). The Windows 7 Home Premium Family Pack can be found on eBay and from third party dealers on Amazon for $220 and above.

The Family Pack is still available in other locations Worldwide, UK customers can purchase the pack from Microsoft directly at the time of writing. US shoppers buying direct from Microsoft are greeted with the message "the Windows 7 Family Pack is now sold out through many of our partners. Please check our other offers."

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I bought one of these packs and according to the Best Buy Tech it was the last one in the store. I have read of issues people are having with them though when they have to update their PC (motherboard or processor failure) and they try and get the old key re-activated. According to what I have read MS will not answer the phone at the activation number your given and instead they tell you to either wait or buy a new license. Its really ticking people off. What I figure I will probably do in a case like this, is fix one or use a fixed version from the net until I think things are back to normal and I can then save my legit keys for later. If MS is going to screw with its customers this way, then it should be OK for me to screw them back.

James Woodfin said,
`this article isnt true.walmart still has the family pack upgrade

What it mean is that MS sold all of copy of Family Pack upgrade that where ever made to the retailer or individuals so no more Family Pack upgrade will ever be made.

brianshapiro said,
I bought the family pack.. but did they advertise it as a limited release when it came out?

Yes. It was a promotion and they said that it was "While supplies last".

brianshapiro said,
I bought the family pack.. but did they advertise it as a limited release when it came out?

Yes. It was a promotion and they said that it was "While supplies last".

I have 3 full version of Windows 7 Home Premium for $90.00 ($30.00 each). I could get Windows 7 Professional (FULL version) for $40.00.

Better than the Family Pack upgrade. =)

After all, Apple always sells Mac OS in family packs.


Isn't exactly a fair comparison. Apple is a hardware company, and they get the majority of their money from people buying their computers. Microsoft, on the other hand, is a software company.

Yes Windows sells a lot more copies than mac os, so MS earns more money. But MS also has 3x as many employees to pay off.

Also, the Mac OS X versions are more like service packs as opposed to major releases. And there are more of them, than Windows releases. Hence, that's probably why their cheaper.

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Microsoft also had a lot of promotions going around with Windows 7. The launch party, dirt cheap upgrade version pricing, this family pack just to name a few.

Sorry should have said MS is mostly a software company. Microsoft doesn't make windows computers, they just sell the software for it. Apple sells both, and you can only "legally" use their OS with their hardware.

Take zune/xbox/ipod/iphone out of the equation here because it isn't relevant.

Way to go Microsoft. You sell something that's wildly popular for 5-weeks and cut it off right before Christmas. Way to pi** off the population. Hell, even the Vista family pack sold for 6-months before getting pulled (or "sellilng out" as they say).

I love how this software gets sold out anyways. Put one DVD + 3 keys in a box and you're done. Sell it! Make people happy and help thwart piracy which is where some people are going to end up when they realize 3 copies of Win 7 is going to cost them $360.

Tim Dawg said,
Way to go Microsoft. You sell something that's wildly popular for 5-weeks and cut it off right before Christmas. Way to pi** off the population. Hell, even the Vista family pack sold for 6-months before getting pulled (or "sellilng out" as they say).

I love how this software gets sold out anyways. Put one DVD + 3 keys in a box and you're done. Sell it! Make people happy and help thwart piracy which is where some people are going to end up when they realize 3 copies of Win 7 is going to cost them $360.


Its a promotion / promotional product, if you didn't get it while it lasted then too bad for you.

Microsoft probably only printed a set number of boxes, and handed them out to their partners. When those get sold out, the promotion ends. Simple.

lol.. surely MS didnt take into account the excahnge rate.. $150 is not £149.. no wonder piracy is as common as it is!!

sanke1 said,
I too observed that
Ripoff Britain

Let me remind you that it was Britain that had full copies for a cheaper price than what the upgrades cost in America.

DrScouse said,
lol.. surely MS didnt take into account the excahnge rate.. $150 is not �149.. no wonder piracy is as common as it is!!

Prices around the world are rarely exactly as the exchange rate would make them... There are tariffs, taxes, transport, etc... The overheads change around the world, and they try to hit different price points as well... For example they wouldn't want to make the price an odd number...

English grammar lesson: Sold Out means it happened in the past. Sells out means that it has just happened. What they could have titled it is "Windows 7 Family Pack has sold out in the US"

Karo - 323z IT said,
English grammar lesson: Sold Out means it happened in the past. Sells out means that it has just happened. What they could have titled it is "Windows 7 Family Pack has sold out in the US"


Windows 7 "sold out" in US can also mean they did something for money... grammer is a confusing bunch