Windows 7 Family Pack returns to the world of the living

Less than a year after quietly giving the Windows 7 Family Pack some concrete shoes and tossing it in the river, Microsoft has dragged out the partially decomposed corpse and reanimated it. The company updated its Windows Experience Blog yesterday to say the zombified Family Pack is now roaming store aisles—but only "while supplies last."

New copies of the Windows 7 Familiy Pack carry the same old $149.99 suggested retail price, and like before, they include three Windows 7 Home Premium licenses. While the blog post doesn't dwell on specifics, I believe those are upgrade licenses for folks who already own Windows XP or Vista. Otherwise, the pack would be the deal of the century—standalone copies of Windows 7 Home Premium retail for $177 a pop.

Amazon has already started selling the Windows 7 Family Pack for $139.99 with free shipping. If you live outside the States, you'll have to wait until October 22 for the pack to make its way back to your shores. Microsoft is planning a relatively extensive international rollout, though. (The blog post lists all of the country names at the bottom.) Too bad the software maker doesn't say exactly how long supplies will last.

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