I've been using this with Windows 7 for about 6 months now and it's great - no problems at all. I really like this laptop!!! If you do change to Windows 7, make sure to NEVER download operating system or automatic updates from HP because the HP updates will be for Windows 8. Instead, use the Windows Update in the Control Panel to set your update preferences. As a side note, my son did not swap the hard drive. He's a techie and he said something like "I just installed Windows 7 over Windows 8" (if that makes any sense?) - but he did say that he did not swap the hard drive.
answered 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Yes. My son loaded Windows 7 on this laptop as soon as I got it. I've been using it for 2 months and everything is good; no problems at all!
No! You are only asking for trouble to go back to Windows 7 on this machine. If you must have Windows 7 or hate Windows 8 like me and a lot of other people, then I would recommend swapping the Hard-drive and loading Windows 7 on the new drive.