Windows 8 has been disparaged up one side of the internet and down the other. Combine an unpopular operating system with an economic downturn and computer buyers have sent the PC business into a tail spin.
So it was interesting to hear a remark from an IT guy today. He said people are bringing new PCs into the store's repair shop and asking them to be downgraded from Windows 8 to Windows 7. Can't be done, he says, because the manufacturers haven't produced drivers to accommodate that change.
Maybe that's true for the PCs they sell. However, a little bit of search engine research tells us there is an exception. Most of the off-the-shelf computers probably came preloaded with the everyday Windows 8 system. However, those with Windows 8 Pro can be downgraded. See this item at the Microsoft Support page: How to downgrade from Windows 8.
Of course, there's the upgrade to Windows 8.1, which for my old laptop was a half measure. I ended up installing Classic Shell again to get the superior look of Windows 7. Then there's the possibility of another upgrade, and maybe Windows 8.2 will finally give users the control they once had. But who knows?
But if the gentle reader will tolerate a slight detour, now would be a good time to point out an obvious analogy. There's a parallel here between Windows 8 and Obamacare. Both were promised to be super awesome. Both disappointed. Maybe Obamacare can take a cue from Microsoft and offer a downgrade program to allow people to go back to the insurance plans they had before. New Democrat bumper sticker: "If you liked your health care plan, you can go back to your health care plan. This time we mean it."