Get a Windows 7 Home Premium 3-user upgrade for $79.99

That's the lowest per-PC price I've seen. But with Windows 8 just around the corner, does a Windows 7 upgrade still make sense?

Nothing But Software

As you learned earlier this month, Microsoft plans to offer a Windows 8 Pro upgrade for $39.99 -- a surprisingly decent price.

That said, not everybody is looking forward to the radically redesigned new OS. In fact, plenty of users are still plugging along with Windows XP or Vista -- perhaps just biding their time until a decent Windows 7 upgrade offer comes along.

That offer has arrived, though not from Microsoft: Nothing But Software has the Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade Family Pack (3-PC) for $79.99, plus $3.99 for shipping. That works out to about $27 per PC, making this the best non-student upgrade deal I've seen.

It may not be perfect, but Windows 7 is without a doubt the best version of the OS Microsoft has produced to date. It's fast, stable, and secure, and vastly superior to Windows XP (yeah, I said it).

Speaking of XP, Microsoft famously (or perhaps infamously) neglected to offer a direct upgrade path, meaning this will require some extra effort on your part -- namely, backing up all your settings and data, then reinstalling all your software after the upgrade. Vista users have it much easier, as Windows 7 allows for an in-place upgrade.

This boxed version of the software includes three licenses for either the 32- or 64-bit versions of Windows. (I believe you can mix and match, too.)

So, there you have it, probably the last Windows 7 deal I'll ever post. Like it or not, time marches on, and most people will turn their attention to Windows 8 in the coming months.

That said, this is a very affordable way to upgrade three PCs to Windows 7. Anyone still interested?

Bonus deal: Remember the security software deal from way back yesterday? Newegg just added one major player to the free-after-rebate list: Symantec Norton AntiVirus 2012 3-user. Pay $40 now, get a prepaid Visa card for the same amount in about eight weeks.

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Rick Broida has written about business and consumer technology for nearly 25 years. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including "The Cheapskate Rules: 21 Easy Money-Saving Tech Secrets." He also writes for CNET's iPhone Atlas and How To blogs.

 

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