Australia Gets Windows 7 Family Pack, Sort Of

Australia Gets Windows 7 Family Pack, Sort Of
FamilyPackWhen Microsoft first announced its pricing for Windows 7, one of the minor shocks was that Australia didn’t get the ‘family pack’ discount bundle of three copies that nearly everywhere else did. Now it turns out that we will, but only in a restricted way.

Microsoft today announced that it would be selling the Family Pack upgrade bundle, offering three upgrade copies of Windows 7 Home Premium, for $249 from December 1. Microsoft describes the deal as a “limited pilot” that will be available “only while stocks last”. Both 32-bit and 64-bit upgrades are available.

I loathe this kind of self-serving corporate BS — the production costs on the physical media are minimal, so pretending there’s a limited supply is just rubbish. And it fails to explain why Australians didn’t get the Family Pack right up front, although the explanation “let’s rort the early adopters” does spring to mind.

To offset that, Microsoft is offering three “Wireless Comfort Desktop” bundles of keyboard and mouse to anyone who has already purchased three upgrade licenses. If you fall in that category, you can ring Microsoft on 13 20 58 to see if you’re eligible (apparently, there’s this thing called the Internet that Microsoft doesn’t believe in for customer service).

Does the Family Pack tempt you towards Windows 7, or have you already bought multiple copies and now feel kind of ripped-off? Share your thoughts in the comments.


  • Feeling fantastic since I upgraded to Ubuntu 12 months ago. I got sick of these sort of schemes. Ubuntu always offer a huge discount on multiple licences, with no strings attached. 99% discount x $0 x multiple copies= $0

  • “or have you already bought multiple copies and now feel kind of ripped-off?”

    Some of us realized long ago that Microsoft is all about ripping off its customers, and therefore ditched Microsoft many years ago.

    For those feeling ripped off, now is the time to make the move to Linux.

  • well, i wouldn’t have gone for Windows 7 if I hadn’t been able to get a 32bit and a 64bit from QUT as a part-time IT student… the upgrade schemes were too unnecessarily complicated and money hungry. that said, it is a good OS, and has adopted many of the features I’ve been using in Ubuntu for a while.

  • I upgraded the 3 Macs in my house to Snow Leopard using the one upgrade disc (that I got for $14.95 because one of the Macs was bought in the qualification period).

    I also have 2 PCs. One has Windows 7 Ultimate I got from my party pack and the other has a copy of Windows 7 Home Premium I bought online for $80.

    I don’t feel ripped off.

  • Well rather than turn this into a Windows bashing thread by people who think free is everything and prefer to be sys admins, rather than just people who want to use thier computer and not have to compromise and kluge at every corner to do the simplest thing…

    For me (and obviously many tens of millions of others) it’s worth the price of Windows to not have to chase drivers, and alternative software just to do basic things…

    Lets talk about Win7 and Family Packs… I will not be purchasing this pack from MS Aust for a number of reasons.
    (1) The price is outrageous compared to the US$149 pricing.
    (2) Waiting until the early adopters have all been and spent thier money is just a dirty lowlife tactic on MS part.
    (3) I already purchased the US$149 pack from USA and installed on my computers. Going Great. Win7 is worth the upgrade… at the GENUINE family pack upgrade price of US$50/copy. Not at the over inflated $AUD pricing.

  • I’m seriously considering not “upgrading” from XP.

    As it appears the my interest in games is waning and I feel that in light of this the “need” (if you can ever call it that) for Windows is on life support.

    After dabbling with Ubuntu on and off for a few years and having to deal with the horribly confusing and over priced Licensing structure for MS products at work, I’m not sure if I can/want to fork out for more swiss cheese security.

    Why do we always get screwed over with these “deals” here in Australia? It’s not like Windows needs an R18+ rating. There’s a thought, if Operating Systems had to meet specific and strict security criteria to be sold, how many versions of Windows would pass?

  • I already bought 3 W7 upgrade licences – one from the student program and two from Amazon when they were offering discounted preorders. Total cost about $160. I don’t think they’d be too keen to give me a free wireless desktop.

  • “And it fails to explain why Australians didn’t get the Family Pack right up front, although the explanation “let’s rort the early adopters” does spring to mind.”

    If Microsoft wanted to rort the early adopters, why would Microsoft release the Family Pack to the 300m+ US market and not the 23m Australian market – they would clearly be able make a lot more money from the US market, and in fact, they didn’t need to release a Family Pack at all.

    The family pack has also been released to other markets in the world as a “limited pilot” – Australia isn’t being treated any differently to any other market that has access to the family pack. This “limited pilot” allows Microsoft to pull this licencing option at any notice rather than being obliged to continue to supply it. It’s exactly like how a fast-food manufacturer may try a new type of burger “for a limited time”.

  • These prices are really only going to affect tech savvy people who will jump on board new products outside of a PC buying cycle. I can not see my mum or non tech mates doing this, they will get Win7 when they buy their next computer (or what ever Mac OS is out). To me, this also makes the family pack obsolete (who buys 3 PCs at a time?).

    For the Tech types, these prices are a little steep considering most get or expect close to free. By charging for something like this opens the door for the Linux lovers to sing about their *Free* OS and the Mac lovers to Gloat about their $50 Snow Lepord Update. Tech types probably don’t purchase machines with OEM licenses either so when price comes into play, Ubuntu looks great (and it is starting to be usable now too 🙂 *pot stirring* )

    I personally think that the pricing is quite rich but will bite the bullet to upgrade one machine at home. Upgraded OSes will occur when a new machine is purchased or I decide to install the RC.

  • I feel slightly ripped, but not a lot.
    I managed to get 2 copies of Windows 7 Home Premium retail from Amazon UK thanks to a friend being over there recently, only paid $115 each. Would have been great if I could have bought a single family pack here and have a spare copy for my brother, but it’s not something I’m gonna rage about.

  • Why the confusion of so many versions of operating systems when ONE OS version will work? Microsoft has a way of maximising revenue and increasing complexity.

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