maa wrote:As a computer programmer you should be able to replace Windows 8 with Windows 7 or use a VM version of Win 7.
Yes, I could, but why, when I can get systems I don't have to tinker with to make them do what I need? A VM version of 7 eats MIPS I'd rather use for other things, and it takes time to install. The same arises with replacing 8, and in some cases you lose features of the system when they aren't supported or are not supported well under 7. If you aren't a serious user (as in you mostly surf and visit social media sites), Windows 8 isn't bad ... provided you are willing to live with the presumption of touchscreen. (Incidentally, I have a friend who is a PC neophyte. His first computer had 8 on it. He hated it. I installed a 7 dual-boot. He has given up on 8 entirely, saying he understands how 7 works, but not 8.)