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Windows 7: Microsoft discontinues Windows 7 Family Pack in US

07 Dec 2009   #11
Zidane24

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

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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.
Indeed the family pack was great...I thought they would at least let the offer go through the holidays (would convince folks to drop the cash...)

One point to consider is that many folks don't have three active computers in their home...most families have a family computer and that is it...


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08 Dec 2009   #12
toughbook

 
 

I am quite sure MS has a very good stats dept. I fully understood that this was a limited thing, but if they were making good profit percentages from these then I highly doubt they would stop.

Jimbo45, I agree 100% to the Technet. That is what I did around the time 7 went RTM. You get everything MS has ever done just about. The only downside I have found is that when you want to do a clean install you are missing all the manufactures programs and such. In my situation Panasonic has some great programs they load, plus the drivers for most of there stuff is very tricky.
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08 Dec 2009   #13
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

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The only downside I have found is that when you want to do a clean install you are missing all the manufactures programs and such. In my situation Panasonic has some great programs they load, plus the drivers for most of there stuff is very tricky.

IMO thats the upside to it.... no bloat ware to contend with...If I need something I can download it...
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08 Dec 2009   #14
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zidane24 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
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.
Indeed the family pack was great...I thought they would at least let the offer go through the holidays (would convince folks to drop the cash...)

One point to consider is that many folks don't have three active computers in their home...most families have a family computer and that is it...
Hi there
if they only have a family computer then they wouldn't need the multiple license option.

For a SINGLE license there's loads of very attractive discounts to be had -- no one ever need pay full retail price -- but I agree MS should have let it run through the Holidays

- am surprised it didn't as it could have also helped a lot of stores selling hardware -- buy 3 machines with a Family license - could have been a nice XMAS offer.

Cheers
jimbo
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08 Dec 2009   #15
Qdos

 

I bet some of the auctions on eBay for 'genuine W7 keys' are from family pack leftovers LOL...
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08 Dec 2009   #16
Zidane24

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zidane24 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post

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.
Indeed the family pack was great...I thought they would at least let the offer go through the holidays (would convince folks to drop the cash...)

One point to consider is that many folks don't have three active computers in their home...most families have a family computer and that is it...
Hi there
if they only have a family computer then they wouldn't need the multiple license option.

For a SINGLE license there's loads of very attractive discounts to be had -- no one ever need pay full retail price -- but I agree MS should have let it run through the Holidays

- am surprised it didn't as it could have also helped a lot of stores selling hardware -- buy 3 machines with a Family license - could have been a nice XMAS offer.

Cheers
jimbo
I was using the one computer per family as a point to prove why the family pack was short lived; no use to keep an offer going that only affects the minority...

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I bet some of the auctions on eBay for 'genuine W7 keys' are from family pack leftovers LOL...
I thought about this to and it could be the very reason why Microsoft ceased the deal.
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08 Dec 2009   #17
poin2

Windows7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zidane24 View Post
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I bet some of the auctions on eBay for 'genuine W7 keys' are from family pack leftovers LOL...
I thought about this to and it could be the very reason why Microsoft ceased the deal.
I believe the family packs came with one serial for 3 computers. It wouldn't be wise for someone to sell the same serial to 3 different people on eBay -- they could readily start clashing with each other.

They'd also easily get more selling the family pack as a whole than selling 3 separate Home Premium upgrade serials.

It's very very unlikely any of those keys getting sold on eBay are from the family packs. They're almost certainly just a few people misusing MSDN / MSDNAA / Technet accounts, and perhaps even from overseas (China?) where they're less concerned about getting caught.

Microsoft almost certainly discontinued the family pack because it has lower profit margins for them, and it served its purpose by boosting initial sales figures and getting word out about the software early on -- much like those student deals.

But they're now going to let people doing holiday shopping pay full price.

I really think they should have let the family packs run through January like the student deals. Too many are going to be miffed they missed those in hindsight, and MS needs to be taking away excuses for people looking into illegitimate sources, not providing them.

Letting "family packs" sit out there and get promoted for the holidays would have made for great PR. They could even do something like a "family holiday pack." They're now risking looking like the Grinch.
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08 Dec 2009   #18
Adamd

Windows 7 7100 build
 
 

While this is sad Microsoft really does not hide the fact that they charge a great deal for products they release...

Sad but true unless you buy a computer with Windows and maybe Office installed you have to pay a lot to get a legal copy in my opinion
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08 Dec 2009   #19
darkassain

Windows 7 Ult x64(x2), HomePrem x32(x4), Server 08 (+VM), 08 R2 (VM) , SuSe 11.2 (VM), XP 32 (VM)
 
 

shhhhh...
dont tell anyone but i have confirmed with a store (actually talked to a manager) from staples that they are still selling it in brick and mortar stores for about the same price (until they run out he said)...

so you might have a better chance finding this deal hidden in one of the brick and mortar stores....
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08 Dec 2009   #20
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

It would just be nice to see MS charge a more reasonable amount like $49.99 for the OS. Look at the people who ordered it for the $30 student special. And the people who preordered it for $50. And the people willing to get Technet to get multiple copies cheap. It just seems to me that they might actually make more with increased sales and decreased piracy. But MS is smart and they must study this stuff...so it's likely priced at the best price point to maximize their profits.
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