From the end user perspective, Windows 8 is a disaster and Microsoft is being forced to retreat. But the real dangers lurk behind the scenes. Why prevent the removal of the software? That is very strange. Supposedly you can turn of the reporting back to Microsoft, but quite frankly preventing overwriting the software with Windows 7 smacks of other stuff they do not want to reveal. Quite frankly, I can no longer TRUST even a upgrade. I a manufacturer will not provide Windows 7 – refuse to buy their product and move on. This is too dangerous to play with.