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Windows 7: Microsoft discontinues Windows 7 Family Pack in US

07 Dec 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Microsoft discontinues Windows 7 Family Pack in US

Jeez....just when i thought that Microsoft was finally understanding the need for multiple copies of their OS within a household, they discontinue the program for the United States.

Microsoft grinches W7 Family Pack in US ? Channel Register

But don't fear, we can still buy 3 individual licenses at $119 a piece.

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07 Dec 2009   #2

Vista Ult64, Win7600
 
 

Definitely Scrooge comes to mind here, well done Microsoft way to go, Happy Christmas to you too.
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07 Dec 2009   #3

Windows 7 x64 / Same
 
 

So does this mean the copies currently available will be collector's items?
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07 Dec 2009   #4

 

In all fairness Microsoft always made it perfectly clear that Family License Packs were a very 'Limited Edition' product, I got hold of one pack in the UK at great pains, but had to buy two retail disks for my remaining machines (although I got them on pre-order price promotions too) because I knew I was unlikely to get more than a single family pack
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07 Dec 2009   #5

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)
 
 

iirc the family pack was one ultimate license and two home basic licenses?
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07 Dec 2009   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Qdos View Post
In all fairness Microsoft always made it perfectly clear that Family License Packs were a very 'Limited Edition' product,
I did not realize this as I never really looked into the product. I only run 1 Windows 7 computer at home so I only needed 1 copy...so it never really concerned me...but I certainly did recommend it to people who did have multiple computers.

Seemed like a very good idea to me to get that revenue from people who might have otherwise obtained it using non legit methods. Oh well, I guess it does make sense as it was far cheaper than standard licensing terms.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by IceFire View Post
iirc the family pack was one ultimate license and two home basic licenses?
No, it was 3 copies of Windows 7 Home Premium.
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07 Dec 2009   #7

 

Yes, 3 x Home Premium...
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07 Dec 2009   #8

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)
 
 

oh. darn.
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07 Dec 2009   #9

W7 X-64 RTM,SUSE 11.1, XP PRO SP3 as a VM, VMware ESXi
 
 

Hi all
maybe a better solution

Take out a Technet subscription --look for DISCOUNT coupons on the web for your country / region.

Ms Windows 7 Enterprise VL -- Multiple activations is available for normal download plus up to 10 Keys for other non VL versions such as Windows 7 Professional. Loads of other software also.

A No brainer in this instance I would think.

Cheers

jimbo.
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07 Dec 2009   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
Take out a Technet subscription --look for DISCOUNT coupons on the web for your country / region.
Sure, it's a better option for most of us here...but even with discount codes it's about $250 a year...so maybe more than the typical home user would want.

I simply thought that the Family Pack was a good option for quite a number of people Similar to the Apple plan that allows you 5 installs.
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