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Microsoft has decided to rerun its Windows 7 Family Pack promotion, which was iced by Redmond at the end of last year.

The software vendor said today that US customers would be able to buy the Family Pack edition of Microsoft’s current operating system on 3 October.

Other parts of the world including the UK, Canada, France, Australia and Germany will be able to buy the Windows 7 Family Pack on 22 October, which is the one-year retail anniversary of the OS.

Microsoft wonk Ashley Brown said that US customers who splurge $149.99 on the pack would be given three upgrade licenses of the Windows 7 Home Premium edition of the software.

“To take advantage of Family Pack, you’ll need a PC running a genuine copy of either Windows Vista or Windows XP that is capable of running Windows 7,” Brown said.

In an effort to entice punters to buy the pack, Microsoft said the promotion would end once it runs out of “supplies”. It didn’t reveal how many copies of the software would soon be floating around online and in selected retail stores, however.

Last year, sales of the Windows 7 Family Pack stopped in December. ®

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