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Microsoft to sell Windows 7 family packs

updated 02:15 pm EDT, Thu July 2, 2009

Windows 7 Fam Pack Leak

An investigation of Microsoft's licensing for Windows 7 has revealed today that the company plans to introduce a Family Pack bundle for the new OS when it ships in October. Kristan Kenney has found installation rights for "qualified" Family Pack owners that give owners of that special copy the option of installing it on two extra PCs without encountering activation problems. The Family Pack only appears for the Home Premium edition's license and not for Professional or Ultimate.

The specific allowance for a family license appears to be a more direct expansion on what was offered with Vista. Microsoft hoped to appease concerns over costs for multi-PC homes in 2007 with a family discount purchase, but this required buying Vista Ultimate and receiving bargains on two copies of Vista Home Premium, negating much of the advantage versus just buying separate copies.

It may also address a common complaint regarding Windows upgrades compared to Macs, where family packs have been common. Future buyers of Snow Leopard, and most other releases of Mac OS X, have had access to a $199 family pack that lets owners legally install copies on five home systems. The Windows 7 Family Pack seems to echo this strategy by using a separate disc.

by MacNN Staff



  1. musocat

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Typical MS. You buy the (insert one of the five or whatever Windows versions here) and you can put some different version on two others.

    These idiots need to get their game together. Instead of trying to become a player in web search, they need to fix their stupid OS. Then they need to sell one version, that works, at one price. Home, Home Premium, Business, Ultimate... Buy this one, get two of that one... Whatever.

    The board should sh!tcan Ballmer. MS is Windows, and they are blowing it.

  1. slapppy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Microsoft version

    I love seeing Microsloth version of "copy & paste" in action. Will this have five versions of the family pack? ;-)

  1. Peter Bonte

    Joined: Dec 1969



    The funny thing about the Mac family pack is that it's pure for peace of mind, osX has no authentication or other bull. Give your users a quality product at a reasonable price and they won't steal it (as much).

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