Power Pack 3 for Windows Home Server arrives next week


— 6:00 AM on November 20, 2009

Atom-based home servers are ganging up on shoppers this holiday season, promising perks like centralized data storage, automated backups, and media streaming at bargain prices. According to the Windows Team Blog, Microsoft will add icing to the cake next week by patching in full Windows 7 support to its Windows Home Server operating system.

Dubbed Power Pack 3, the update will introduce the following changes:

Power Pack 3 improves the Windows Home Server experience with Windows 7 and Windows Media Center by providing new features like: backup and restore of computers running Windows 7, Windows 7 Libraries integration, enhancements for Windows Media Center, and better support for netbook computers. Power Pack 3 will enable the most optimal experience for Windows 7 users on a Windows Home Server network.

Microsoft is aiming for a November 24 release for Power Pack 3. Anyone running Windows Home Server with Power Pack 2 installed and Automatic Updates enabled shouldn't have to do anything, while other folks will probably want to hit Windows Update. If you're curious, you can find out more about Power Pack 3 by checking out this other blog post from July 17.

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