Locked into Win 8 on New PC
I don't know if this is on topic or not. Everyone here says that Enterprise users won't go to Windows 8, for various reasons, but I recently purchased and installed an inexpensive Win8 PC for a doctor friend of mine. Several of his expensive programs would not work with 8, so I said "Ok, I'll reformat and install 7." Huge mistake, which took me a day to resolve. The onboard Ethernet controller was designed for 8, nowhere could I find drivers for 7. "Ok, I thought, I'll simply stick in an Ethernet card." WRONG! This HP branded PC had a tiny motherboard with NO slots of any kind for any type of expansion.
In the end, I returned this piece of crap to Best Buy, dug out a broken machine he hadn't thrown away, and built him a better PC with a few new parts from NewEgg. And it'll run any OS he wants, at less cost than the HP Win 8 machine.
So, Micro$oft and at least some PC makers have effectively removed the option of "downgrading" an inexpensive machine's OS by using parts for which there are ONLY Win 8 drivers. If you are using custom applications that won't work with 8, you cannot use these new PCs, so why buy them?