Microsoft brings back the Family Pack

Microsoft is bringing back to life its Family Pack bundle in time for the first anniversary of Windows 7's launch.

When Windows 7 came out on October 11th last year, Microsoft created a special bundle for home use, dubbed the Family Pack. This included three upgrade licences of Windows 7 Home Premium, for just $135.

The Windows Family Pack allowed you to upgrade three machines (32- or 64-bit) from Vista or even XP, although an XP install was a bit more complex than the Vista one. Buying three licences, albeit upgrade ones, for Windows 7 Home Premium for $135 was a huge saving, yet the promotion was restricted to "while stocks last", if such a thing is possible in software terms. So Microsoft pulled the plug on said bundle, much to the disappointment of born-again Windows users.

Yesterday, Microsoft brought the promotion back online and you can now find it on the Microsoft Store, to celebrate the OS' first anniversary. Like the original Family Pack, this one includes three upgrade licences that you can use on your XP or Vista PC.

Unfortunately, like most good deals, it still hasn't made it across the Atlantic just yet. If you're an eager beaver and happen to live in the US - or have a US address - you can pick one up right now for $150 (£95) from the Microsoft online store. Otherwise you'll have to wait until the 22nd of October, when the Family Pack is expected to be extended to the UK and the rest of Europe.