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Microsoft Revives Windows 7 Family Pack


Microsoft Revives Windows 7 Family Pack

Microsoft has announced that it will be reviving its Windows 7 Family Pack in the UK in time for Christmas. The Family Pack was introduced last year and provides an upgrade edition of Windows 7 Home Premium with three licences and for less than the cost of two stand-alone copies.

Microsoft announced on its Windows Steam blog that the Family Pack will be on sale in the U.S. from 3 October for $149.99, compared to the cost of a single copy on Amazon of $109.99.

Microsoft’s Ashley Brown said in the blog that the Family Pack will also be coming to the UK, as well as Canada, Germany, France and Australia on 22 October, which as it happens, is the one-year retail anniversary of Windows 7. We don’t currently have confirmation of the UK price, but the going rate last time round was £149, so we'd expect the same.

The upgrade copy will work on computers already running Windows XP or Vista, though if you’re not running either of those OSs your computer is probably not up to the job anyway.

Link: Microsoft Online Store UK.


September 3, 2010, 12:49 pm

I remember MS were talking about this when Win 7 was launched. Oh well, better late than never.


September 3, 2010, 1:17 pm

Chris, they did do this when W7 was launched...

It's a shame it is upgrade only, otherwise i would have definitely bought it for my netbook and my folks laptop.


September 3, 2010, 2:40 pm

Simon - i bought the family pack first time around and have installed 2 of the 3 copies on new computers (ie. 'clean installs') with no problem - see this page for additional details:


in the very worst case you obviously could just install xp and since it cannot upgrade xp->win7 it has to do a clean install anyway :)


September 3, 2010, 2:50 pm

You can do a clean install from an upgrade disc, if that's your concern.


September 3, 2010, 3:39 pm

@Simon: Quite right, ignore me...


September 3, 2010, 4:52 pm

Cheers for the heads up on it 'upgrading' by a clean install. Looks like MS will be getting more of my money.


September 3, 2010, 8:52 pm

Hi guys;

What do you mean by clean install? I did so much research into this - I was under the impression that you need Windows XP (and a legitimate copy at that) in order to do the upgrade to Windows 7. And then from that you get a chance of doing a clean or a upgrade install from an option box say. Is that right?


September 5, 2010, 12:02 pm

Well the way it used to work for an upgrade was you could do a clean install with an upgrade edition - and right at the start of the process you supplied the original CD/DVD of the O/S you were upgrading from. The installer had a quick look at it, and then let you do a full clean install.

I've no idea whether this still holds true with Win7 though.

Martin Daler

September 5, 2010, 6:37 pm

@Castalan that is how it worked for me upgrading from Vista to Win7 - I did a full "clean" install. I had no choice because I was going from 32-bit Vista to 64-bit Win7. Other combinations of start/finish OS would allow for either "clean" install or a patch over the original OS. I hesitate to use the term "upgrade" in either case since that term applies equally to both cases without distinction. "Upgrade" is really a pricing thing - you pay less (i.e. upgrade price) if you already have a legit copy of Windows on your PC. If you are building a PC from scratch or changing over from Linux I guess you have to pay the full-fat price to get Windows, although I understand that the clever people have worked out how to use and "upgrade" disc even so.


September 5, 2010, 8:50 pm


I installed a student upgrade copy of Windows 7 64bit onto a clean HDD and it worked perfectly, there are occasionally problems caused by this but a quick search on google can throw up the answers. I think if you search "install upgrade windows 7" you will find plenty of tutorials on how :)


September 5, 2010, 11:54 pm

Interesting discussion:

@dev. Wow that is amazing. I have also bought software (as a student) and if this is true then maybe my new computer can come with no OS installed. Thanks for that term to search. Also what problems would you say are thrown up?


September 6, 2010, 2:13 pm

Well i have an old Vista CD kicking about somewhere as my W7 was a full version, so i guess i can use that. It will be a massive pain in the arse as i want to install it on a netbook with no CD drive...


September 6, 2010, 6:28 pm


I installed via usb as it is sooooo much faster to get going than cd...read/write speed probably? Check here http://www.intowindows.com/...


I don't actually remember but I think the install may have failed first time...then I restarted and tried again and it worked :) I also read about some problem with activation which are normally fixed by a reboot or something...whatever the problem google throws up easy solutions!

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