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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade Family Pack (3-User) [Old Version]

Platform : Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows XP Professional
702 customer reviews

Price: $339.95 & FREE Shipping. Details
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  • Install Windows 7 Home Premium on up to three PCs in your household
  • Windows 7 Home Premium makes it easy to create a home network and share all of your favorite photos, videos, and music--you can even watch, pause, rewind, and record TV
  • Make the things you do every day easier with improved desktop navigation
  • Start programs faster and more easily, and quickly find the documents you use most often
  • Easily create a home network and connect your PCs to a printer with HomeGroup
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  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B002MV2MG0
  • Item model number: GFC-00236
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 25, 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (702 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,942 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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437 of 459 people found the following review helpful By Ed TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 22, 2009
Here comes Windows 7, nearly three years after Windows Vista and eight years after Windows XP. By most accounts, Windows 7 is what Vista should have been. Do we finally have a worthy successor to XP?

** CLEAN UPGRADE UPDATE BELOW 10/29/09 **

PROS:
- Fast startup and performance
- Stable
- Nice aesthetic and functional changes to the desktop
- Improved networking, power management & security
- 32-bit & 64-bit versions included
- Windows Media Center
- Windows XP Mode (Professional & Ultimate only)
- Family Pack value

CONS:
- User Account Control still annoying
- Upgrade can be challenging

** CLEAN UPGRADE UPDATE 10/29/09 **
It seems that a lot of upgraders have been complaining about the upgrade process, especially from XP. Most of us expected to be able to format our hard disks and be prompted for either the XP disc or product key. Alas, this is not the case. The upgrade is much more complicated than it should be and some workarounds have been discovered

Method A (simplest)
If you already have an older version of Windows on the hard drive, finish the Custom Install, without entering the product key. After installation, go to your System Properties and click the link to activate Windows. Enter your product key and it should activate. This has worked for me twice.

Method B (hardest)
If Method A doesn't work, try the registry hack.
1. Finish the custom install without entering the product key then click Start and type regedit.exe into the "Search programs and files" box.
2. In the registry, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Setup/OOBE/. In the pane on the right, you'll see an entry for MediaBootInstall.
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202 of 219 people found the following review helpful By RenaissanceMan TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 22, 2009
If you're like most people, you have several computers running throughout your house: a desktop, a laptop, a kid's laptop etc. This 3 license package is a great way to upgrade all of your PCs in your home for one low price.

Here's my generic Windows 7 review:
I'll admit, I've been running Windows 7 for six months now: the preproduction version of it and have just upgraded to the gold code. So I have quite a bit of experience with the operating system. Let's get to the nitty gritty:

Should you upgrade from Windows Vista? YES! I mean it - upgrade today.
Windows 7 is quite simply faster, more stable, boots faster, goes to sleep faster, comes back from sleep faster, manages your files better and on top of that it's beautiful to look at and easy to use. Even the preproduction version of Windows 7 was better than my Vista with SP2.

Should you upgrade from Windows XP? Maybe, but for different reasons.
XP is a good operating system and if you don't need to add new hardware or software, XP is good. However, XP is old as an operating system. Also chances are that if you're running XP, you might not meet the minimum requirements for Windows 7 - check the compatibility site at Microsoft to see if your system will support Windows 7. That said, Windows 7 is light years ahead of Windows XP in terms of functionality, ease of use, etc - to me it's worth buying a new system.

64 bit or 32 bit?
If you don't know what I'm talking about, that's ok skip this section. If you have a core2 duo or core 2 quad or a multi cpu machine, go with the 64 bit OS, it handles memory and the CPUs much better. If you have a single core CPU, one CPU or run special programs that require 32bit, then stick with 32 bit for now.
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125 of 146 people found the following review helpful By J. McGillivary on October 25, 2009
I had a difficult time trying to upgrade from Vista. I kept getting "unknown error" or "can't create directory for update files". Eventually I disabled everything running in the system tray - spysweeper, anti virus, and my background backup program. The install also asks you to un-install itunes. After this, I was able to update all three home computers. You would think it would be easy for Microsoft to detect these issues and give a decent error message - or include it in the installation instructions.

An update after using Windows 7 for a couple of days:
* Very good compatibility with programs, and printers. Everything came up and worked well. Even my Western Digital background backup program.
* Taskbar bar icons are bigger - I'd guess that most Microsoft designers are growing old with me and starting to use reading glasses
* Occasionally hangs when shutting down - I think that I have narrowed it to Spysweeper hanging out in the background and not closing. I do have the latest Windows 7 approved version. For now, I'll shut it down before shutting down windows.
* Did not see much of a speed improvement
* I had more disk space at the end of the install
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The short story is that Windows 7 is a far, far better OS than Vista. The family pack is the way to go, if like many families, you have multiple computers at home; for just $30 more than a single copy, you're good for three computers.

I have three computers at home. Two were on Vista and one remains on XP for the time being.

Upgrading from Vista is a "no brainer". The installation on both Vista machines went quickly (more below), and my wife and daughter are ecstatic with how much faster their computers are.

I am leaving my XP machine as is for awhile until I see how things shake out. I'll probably wait for the inevitable Service Pack in a few months before I upgrade that machine, as it is working just fine on XP. Windows 7 does appear to be significantly faster than XP, though, especially when you have multiple programs running concurrently, so I do plan to upgrade.

For now, there are two caveats, I'd give with upgrading from Vista:

1. If you used Vista parental controls to filter internet content, that is no longer available. There are controls for games and blocking/allowing specific programs, but not for internet content. You have to find yourself a third party solution. Net Nanny is generally the highest rated 3rd party solution and runs $40 a year. I am trying Norton Online Family ([...]), which is available free on an evaluation basis until January 2010. Licensing after then is not yet determined. But this product seems to do the job well - and the price is right, for now.

2. For people upgrading from Vista, the one common complaint I've seen is on having problems with Wifi after the upgrade. On one of the machines I upgraded I also experienced this issue.
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