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Super Discounted Windows 7 – Limited Time

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade Family Pack (3-User) – $149.

Good news for you today, Dear Reader. Microsoft has officially re-introduced its Windows 7 Family Pack, a limited-time offer that drastically reduces the price of licenses for their latest operating system (OS). For less than $150, consumers can now own Windows 7 licenses for up to three computers.

Win7_3pakSave $180 from Original Price, 3-User License

Microsoft has yet again refused to state an end date to this round of Family Pack price reductions, meaning the early bird catches the worm. In fact, the company went only so far as to state that the Family Pack deal will be available “while supplies last.”

Important #1: The purpose of this offer is to encourage people to UPGRADE as decade-old Windows XP still counts for as much as 66 per cent of all Windows systems used online. Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Family Pack allows users to install Windows 7 Home Premium on up to three PCs in a household that already has Windows Vista or Windows XP installed. If you’re not running Windows XP or Windows Vista, you’ll need to purchase the Full version of Windows 7.
(Microsoft has so much as spelled out, they cannot secure XP any longer, and are discontinuing support for it. I will be more direct and blunt: I would not connect an XP machine to the Internet unless it was a “virtual machine”, as the Evil Doers pwn XP. They’ve had years and years and years to find its weaknesses. The time to get off of 32-bit, and XP, has come. Just my 2¢.)

Important #2: If you are considering purchasing Windows 7 Upgrade, be sure to download and run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor Tool on the machine BEFORE you install the OS. (Maybe.. before you buy..)

The Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor will scan to see if your PC is ready for Windows 7. It scans your hardware, devices, and installed programs for known compatibility issues, gives you guidance on how to resolve potential issues found, and recommends what to do before you upgrade.

And in case you’re wondering… my loyal readers can attest that I have nothing but positive reviews for Windows 7. I repeat my humble opinion for you now — Windows 7 is the Windows operating system Bill Gates has been promising us since he hired the Rolling Stones and launched Windows 95.
I waited a long time …

Okay, okay, okay.. to see (or buy) this limited time “family pack” offer, click here.

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  1. It is nice to see this offer back again.


    Comment by Susan B | November 4, 2010 | Reply

    • Susan B,
      Yes, I agree.. and I am going to purchase another “pak” myself.

      I have stated my belief that MS should adopt as Standard Policy a flat
      * Basic = $39
      * Premium = $49
      * Ultimate = $59
      to keep up with the times.

      Does this mean they listened to ole Tech Paul??? (sometimes, I crack myself up) Not hardly.. but I do think it means they have looked at the sales numbers.


      Comment by techpaul | November 4, 2010 | Reply

  2. I am thinking of buying a new pc and I was going to get Windows 7 Professional (for about) $169 – I already own an XP license – do you think it is possible I could use this offer for a 3 user license of Win7 Professional for $149?


    Comment by Lee | November 4, 2010 | Reply

    • Lee,
      Through the use of Windows “Anytime Upgrade”, you could ‘unlock’ the Professional features (for about $80, I think) from a Home Premium install.
      (I am pretty sure there is no Family 3 Pack deal on the Pro, just Home Premium.)

      Frankly, and.. unlike the differences between XP Home and Pro, I don’t see a feature of Pro that the average person would want/need, that isn’t available in Home Premium. (“XP Mode” can be emulated with other [free] tools.) (Folks, the comparison chart of the different Editions is here).

      So.. conceivably, you could save (especially if you have several ready-for-upgrade PC’s) yes. But a new PC should come with some version of Win 7 installed, so I would simply ‘enable’ the Pro features by purchasing the unlock key code.. if I found I really needed Pro for some reason.


      Comment by techpaul | November 4, 2010 | Reply

  3. There is one thing, Win7 Home Premium does not give the user access to Group Policy Editor (I have not yet come across a need for it myself), however “door2windows” has come up a small programme to provide that access for all flavours of Windows 7/Vista. It is available, free, from the door2windows site if anybody needs it.


    Comment by sunovawot | November 5, 2010 | Reply

    • sunovawot,
      I have not tested the utility which you mention, however I do thank you for helping make my point, (that the Pro features can be emulated by other means) as well as suggesting the app.

      In my years of using Vista Home Premium, there were a few times I was irked at not having access to gpedit, but I always was able to manage with ‘workarounds’. I simply don’t think the “average computer user” needs Pro. The primary reason to use Pro is if the machine will be a part of an Active Directory Domain. (I don’t know too many “average computer users” who know what that is.)

      Professional should have been named “Enterprise”, or “Corporate”, IMHO.


      Comment by techpaul | November 5, 2010 | Reply

  4. I agree 100% with everything that Paul has said about both XP & upgrading to Win 7. He is right on the money.

    Ron Vukas -.independent computer tech from Tampa, FL


    Comment by Ron Vukas | November 6, 2010 | Reply

    • Ron Vukas,
      I thank you for the support and affirmation.


      Comment by techpaul | November 6, 2010 | Reply

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