Windows 7 in Europe: full, upgrade and family pack editions

Microsoft has confirmed that upgrade editions of Windows 7 will be available in Europe when the new operating system launches on October 22. The company had previously said that only full version would be on offer.

The initial limitation of a full, clean-install only edition was part of the plans for Windows 7 E, a version of Windows that did not come with Internet Explorer and would be the only version available in the EU. Because previous versions of Windows all contain Internet Explorer, Microsoft argued that there could not be upgraded to a version without the browser. However, they have since decided to instead introduce a ballot screen for consumers to choose which browser they want to use, meaning that the idea of Windows 7 E was scrapped.

In a posting today at the Windows 7 Team Blog, Brandon LeBlanc confirms that countries in the EU will receive the same version of Windows 7 that is available to the rest of the world. He also states that because upgrade editions will be on offer in Europe, Microsoft will now also be selling the Windows 7 Family Pack - which contains upgrade editions - in selected European countries.

The Family Pack has already been announced for the US and Canada and provides a set of three upgrade licences of Windows 7 Home Premium at a reduced cost. The Family Pack will be on sale as a limited offer from the October 22 launch date of Windows 7. As well as the US and Canada, it will now be available in the UK, Ireland, Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands and Sweden as well.

Clarification has also been offered to customers who have already pre-ordered the now-defunct Windows 7 E. These consumers will be shipped a full versions of Windows 7, as will anybody who pre-orders before September 1st when the upgrade editions will start to become available for pre-order. If you are looking to save a few pennies (or cents) then you will be happy to hear that all full editions of Windows 7 ordered before September 1 - including those already pre-ordered - will cost the same as the cheaper upgrade versions available after that date. From September 1 onwards the price of the full versions will increase.

This finally seems to be some good news for any Europeans wanting to do an upgrade-install of Windows 7 from an earlier version of the Windows OS. You can pre-order Windows 7 now from Microsoft's online store and selected retail partners, or wait until September 1 to purchase an upgrade edition.

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i got a question.... if you got the Ultimate edition of Windows 7 .... can you use a Home Premium key on the installation process?

so in other words will a (legit) Home Premium Key work on a Windows 7 Ultimate ISO file?

Now, what kind of BS is the whole "Because previous versions of Windows all contain Internet Explorer, Microsoft argued that there could not be upgraded to a version without the browser.". That didnt seem to stop them from removing windows mail (or an equivalent) from windows 7. And it is much more of a hassle to export and import both accounts and messages in windows mail than to install IE8

So here in the Netherlands we can get the family pack, but Microsoft tells customers in Belgium to go **** themselves and pay the full price? Amazing.

MS will sell the products where they like and as they see fit, it's their product who are you to judge where they can and can't sell their own product. They will roll that package out to where they see it being selling and profitable.

This is all down to what the EU ar*** did, stop telling companies what they can and cannot sell and instead do something useful like allowing fair usage of copyrighted products, ie allowing me to legally copy my DVD's and convert them to AVI or MP4 or any other format I see fit for my use.

MS will sell the products where they like and as they see fit, it's their product who are you to judge where they can and can't sell their own product. They will roll that package out to where they see it being selling and profitable.

This is all down to what the EU ar*** did, stop telling companies what they can and cannot sell and instead do something useful like allowing fair usage of copyrighted products, ie allowing me to legally copy my DVD's and convert them to AVI or MP4 or any other format I see fit for my use.

cerealfreak said,
MS will sell the products where they like and as they see fit, it's their product who are you to judge where they can and can't sell their own product. They will roll that package out to where they see it being selling and profitable.

Who I am? A potential customer, that's who.

cerealfreak said,
This is all down to what the EU ar*** did, stop telling companies what they can and cannot sell and instead do something useful like allowing fair usage of copyrighted products, ie allowing me to legally copy my DVD's and convert them to AVI or MP4 or any other format I see fit for my use.

And this has anything to do with the family pack because...?

Potential customer? You say you are in the Netherlands, and you say the package is available in the Netherlands. So I don't see any problem for you.

And if the Belgians are so interested in the product they can cross over the border and buy it. After all for years they crossed that border for marijuana.

Amazon upped the price again! from 64 to 65 haha.

And too bad they arent releasing the family pack in spain. I might have to get it from the UK then

I need a clarification of the upgrade pack - does this mean I *need* Vista installed to upgrade to 7, or do I simply need to have the serial key? Because, if I just need the Serial Key, I may as well just get the family pack for dirt cheap.

Can people from rest of Europe that are not included in the offer buy a family pack in a British web shop and use the family license in their own country?

And what is the idea that you for example in Sweden can buy a family license but in Norway, Finland and Denmark you can't...

Despite all the negativity surrounding the EUs investigation of Microsoft, it does seem to have turned out all right in the end for those of us living in Europe