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  # 266405 23-Oct-2009 16:32
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I've just found Windows 7 family home premium pack in the UK - www.currys.co.uk - mere $270 NZD. Wow, when I think what the exchange rate was just a year ago :)

I can live without Virtual XP at that price, and can always upgrade one PC to pro later if needs be

Going to see if the folks back home can pick this up for me, and send it over

Not certain, but I imagine it is - 64 and 32 bit. Either way, much better deal than anything over here that I've found...

One worry though, hearing a lot of rumours on t'interweb that activation is IP locale based now?

dmw

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  # 266537 24-Oct-2009 11:29
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So, what does Microsoft NZ have to do to make the Family Pack offer available in NZ? Or do I have to buy it from Amazon and ship it to my friends inside the US (then ask them to pass it on)?

US$149 = NZ$200 for 3 licence Family Pack upgrade
NZ$201 x 3 = NZ$603 for equivalent from PBTechnologies!!

 
 
 
 


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  # 266541 24-Oct-2009 12:10
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dmw: Or do I have to buy it from Amazon and ship it to my friends inside the US (then ask them to pass it on)?


That's your only option I'm afraid.  Someone from MS here confirmed the Family Pack will not be available in NZ.

dmw

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  # 266543 24-Oct-2009 12:21
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Yes, I saw that. I'm merely stirring things up, and asking if consumers are happy with this inequitable situation, and whether Microsoft NZ have any marketing prowess and influence in making the Family Pack Upgrade happen here too?

Seems to me, the situation only encourages OSX, Linux and pirating. (And bigger botnets, as older versions of Windows and IE are less secure.)

I thought MS was more aware of these competing factors, now. Time will tell?

Are you happy with Windows 7 upgrade options and pricing?

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  # 266648 25-Oct-2009 06:19
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Am in the US at the moment and just bought the Win 7 Family Pack for $150USD. I rang the Microsoft helpline before buying and they confirmed that it can be activated from NZ.

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  # 266649 25-Oct-2009 06:40
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dmw:Are you happy with Windows 7 upgrade options and pricing?


I'm currently have Vista Ultimate for 2 PC's and am very unhappy that all the info I have seen so far indicates that I can only use an "upgrade" license if I go to 7 Ultimate which I have no intention of doing.  It seems that even a clean install with a 7 HP or 7 Pro upgrade package (which is what I really want to do) will not work although I can't get a definitive answer on that anywhere.  Pricing overall here is certainly way to steep considering what it is in the States.

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  # 266658 25-Oct-2009 09:53
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Stuff this, Microsoft can kiss my furry a**. Might dl a copy..

 
 
 
 


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# 266659 25-Oct-2009 09:56
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Krisando: Stuff this, Microsoft can kiss my furry a**. Might dl a copy..


If you don't want to pay for a legal copy of software, why don't you go and use a free OS instead?

People complain about things, but do nothing to change. There are options there, you know?





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  # 266661 25-Oct-2009 10:02
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=\ I dislike Linux entirely x64, it is rubbish.

Theres not really any other OS worth using, don't know if Google OS is released yet.

You can download a copy via M$ if you have a us/au/uk credit card.


"Google Talks Up Chrome Operating System as Windows 7 Launches" Theres no Google OS topic on this forum ;o.

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  # 266662 25-Oct-2009 10:21
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Google OS is basically Linux with a big Chrome browser and no other icons on desktop... Or so it seems. Since it's not released yet I call itt "vapourware" until it's out at least in a public beta.




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  # 266672 25-Oct-2009 11:33
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Mattv:
dmw:Are you happy with Windows 7 upgrade options and pricing?


I'm currently have Vista Ultimate for 2 PC's and am very unhappy that all the info I have seen so far indicates that I can only use an "upgrade" license if I go to 7 Ultimate which I have no intention of doing.  It seems that even a clean install with a 7 HP or 7 Pro upgrade package (which is what I really want to do) will not work although I can't get a definitive answer on that anywhere.  Pricing overall here is certainly way to steep considering what it is in the States.


You can upgrade to any version you want. It does not matter what version you currently have it only matters that it is XP or Vista.

I have gone from Ultimate to Pro. I can tell you that doing a clean install there was no check to prove that you have a previous version. You just enter the upgrade key and off you go. It comes down to your honesty I guess.







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  # 266675 25-Oct-2009 12:26
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Nety:

You can upgrade to any version you want. It does not matter what version you currently have it only matters that it is XP or Vista.

I have gone from Ultimate to Pro. I can tell you that doing a clean install there was no check to prove that you have a previous version. You just enter the upgrade key and off you go. It comes down to your honesty I guess.


Thanks for that - I was really hoping that was the case.  I recently asked Microsoft this question


I understand what you say about needing to perform a clean installation and I am aware of how to go about this - it is my preference to do this anyway rather than an inplace upgrade.  What I want to clarify is can I purchase an upgrade version of Windows 7 Home Premium or do I need to purchase a full retail version (at a significant price premium)?  This would seem very unfair if someone who paid a lot less for their Vista Basic or Home Premium product can take advantage of upgrade pricing but someone who paid more for their Vista Ultimate product has to pay more again yet they both end up with the same result.


and got the following reply from "Australia" (with a very Indian sounding name)


Matt, according the upgrade path for Windows Vista Ultimate, you are only able to upgrade to Windows 7 Ultimate. Therefore , you are required to purchase a full perpetual license of Windows 7 Home Premium if you would like to upgrade from your copy Windows Vista Ultimate. At this point, we will be happy to record your feedback  to share with the Product team.

Matt, please let me know should you have further questions relating to this enquiry or any additional enquiries.

Thank you for contacting Microsoft.


 

I understand there may be a bit of lead in time until all microsoft staff are up to speed (if ever) but it is pretty bad customer service still.

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  # 267729 28-Oct-2009 15:52
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Mattv just found this page which puts it all quite clearly..

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/get/upgrade-considerations.aspx

Note what it says under buying upgrade or full question.







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# 267791 28-Oct-2009 18:36
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Thanks very much for that. I might forward it to that Microsoft CSR!

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