Before you spend $89 or more for a new copy of Windows 7 and spend hours installing it on your new PC and hoping the hardware drivers properly support Windows 7, you may want to slow down. The price, effort, and risk of hardware drivers not being properly tested with Windows 7 should make you pause and reconsider. Buying a new Windows 8 laptop and installing Windows 7 is fraught with these problems. If the laptop has a touch screen, it likely won’t work well with Windows 7.
If you have an existing PC that came with Windows 7, sticking with Windows 7 makes a lot of sense. The hardware was tested for Windows 7 and you don’t have to put any work in. Windows 8 has its advantages, but it also has its disadvantages.
On the other hand, if you have a PC that came with Windows 8, you may want to suck it up and stick with Windows 8. Windows 8.1 can be made much less obnoxious, and a start menu replacement can make you feel more at home with less time and money spent.
We don’t really recommend downgrading new PCs from Windows 8.1 to Windows 7. On the other hand, you do have the option to continue using Windows 7 on new hardware if you really want to. Businesses are standardizing on Windows 7 and it will be supported by Microsoft with security updates until 2020.