I heard 7 was horrible when I bought my new one. I did not have a single problem. works great for me. <br />
I guess that's the next step for me, I think I will update this year.
You can always have linex installed instead.
I prefer windows 8.
I work in IT. With 8.1 patch it's as solid as windows gets.
I think the architecture where each program is launched in it's own memory space makes it more secure and if one program crashes it doesn't tank the whole computer.