ProfessorCPU, I had to buy a OEM edition of Windows 7 Home, for a VM, when I was working on seeing if I could use Xubuntu 12.04 LTS long term. Got to the point that it started becoming unstable, so I ended up going back to 8.1. If I need 7, I can always run a VM with it in it. Otherwise I run 8.1 with Start8 & Metromix from Stardock software on both mine & my son's machine.
I had only the issue with 7 not finding the ACPI drivers on my Satellite C850d-st3nx1. Businesses are going to end up running into this, unless they purchase Windows 7 capable machines. I went through AMD's website and Toshiba, looking for that hardware driver, but gave up and rolled back to 8.x.
Not too long ago, Toshiba started selling Windows 7 capable machines, that will also run 8.x. I think that they saw the light, that a lot of people are wanting to downgrade, along with businesses that are not ready for 8.1 or Server 2k12. All because a lot of the Software they have, is not wrote for 8.x.
It gets worse when you try to run programs like UVerse Realtime in 8.x. The programmer gives you a work around, due to the .Net version it uses and a couple other programs, do not correctly load with his installer in 8, even when you tell the installer to run as if it is Windows 7.
Edited by Greg62702, 29 January 2014 - 08:30 AM.