Windows 7 Family Pack returns October 3

Microsoft announced today on their Windows Team Blog that the Windows 7 Family Pack will be making a return to the market, just in time for the one-year anniversary of Windows 7's retail debut.

Windows 7 Family Pack will allow consumers to upgrade any three computers in their house-hold to Windows 7 Premium. Consumers can upgrade either their Windows XP or Windows Vista PCs to Windows 7 Premium, with compatible hardware. But don't worry if you are worried if your hardware can handle it, you can download the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor through to check whether your computers are Windows 7 ready.

Consumers should take note that they need Windows XP or Vista Starter, Home Basic or Home Premium to be eligible for the upgrade, and the Family Pack is only meant for upgrading.


Windows 7 was released nearly a year ago, on October 22, 2009. The OS originally released to manufacturing over one year ago. Microsoft announced that Windows 7 is the fastest selling operating system in history, selling over 175 million licenses to date. The company is projected to sell 300 million by the end of 2010.

Microsoft's success with Windows 7 began before the product was even widely available. Released in October 2009, the operating system has received praise from consumers, businesses and the media. In November 2009, Windows 7 managed to surpass Apple's Snow Leopard market share in just two weeks. In early February it was revealed that Windows 7 had reached 10% market share in just three months.

Windows 7 has also driven an uptake of 64-bit computing. According to ChangeBASE research, conducted with senior IT decision makers, more than 65% of businesses hoped to migrated to Windows 7 within 12 months of its release. Over 50% of those migrating will be choosing the 64-bit route. Microsoft confirmed earlier this year, that nearly half of all Windows 7 PCs run 64-bit versions.

The Family Pack was discontinued last year, but Microsoft is bringing it back on October 3, 2010, at least while supplies last. Windows 7 Family Pack will sell for $149.99 USD and can be picked up at your local retailer or online at the Microsoft Store.

Windows 7 Family Pack will be available in the United States, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Australia and many other markets.

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they would get a better uptake if they lowered the price, they need to get everyone moving forward, and paying £150 for a full Home Premium (lets face it who wants to go through the XP upgrade path, they already messed that up) smarts, a lot. Home versions should be under say £69, and Pro should be around the £99 - still gives them decent profit.

It's less than that if you consider you're getting 3 upgrade licenses (which can be full installs with qualifying media). So for $149 you're getting 3 installs coming out to less than $50 each. Heck of a deal.

lflashl said,
im not too happy with the upgrades. I want a fresh install..

You can do a clean install (it's just illegal if you do not have a genuine XP or Vista license).

ValeS said,

You can do a clean install (it's just illegal if you do not have a genuine XP or Vista license).

If the initial poster wants to do an upgrade, then it sounds to me like he already does.

And really, unless you're buying parts and putting together your computer yourself, who *doesn't* already have a qualified product?

Panda X said,
Hard to believe it's almost been a year.
Yup! Exactly 50 days more for it to be a year and already sold so many. There could be as many as 250 million sales by 22 October!

Meph said,
Our household of four all share one computer.

Ugh that was what I had to do with my family from 2000 to 2004. I was the one that broke off the sharing via getting a then-new Dell computer in 2004 and the computer became personal.

Mouettus said,
about system specs... if your PC runs XP, it runs 7 fine!

Initially I would've agreed with that stament.

I have one of the first netbooks that came with XP (early gen AspireOne). It's got an 8GB SSD, which is enough for XP, and 7 initially...but once the hotfixes started coming out, 8GB is no longer enough to keep 7 running. I had to switch it back to XP, which (even with all the updates) still leaves behind a few GB free.

Mouettus said,
about system specs... if your PC runs XP, it runs 7 fine!

Not really. XP runs just fine in 512MB, but 7 is slower than a snail with that amount of memory (I just tried this today on my testing machine).

Good timing, I've been waiting for this deal to come back so I can upgrade a couple of computers at my relative's home.