I need an answer because I plan on getting a new laptop soon. I've been to Best Buy for the last couple of weekends trying to get comfortable with Windows 8 but I just can't. I don't like it. This is the first Windows operating system that I just abhor. Even when people were talking trash about Vista, I accepted it (the x64 version, no less) because it came with a much better version of WMC. But Windows 8 I just don't like. Speaking of Vista, because of the negative campaign against the operating system, many vendors made it clear that you could downgrade to XP. Is this the same for Windows 8? I would love to get a new Sony laptop but the thought of using Windows 8 on a regular basis has me considering bringing another MacBook into our home (Wife hated W8 when she tried it as well). But the Mac was made for OS X, not Windows 7 and, using Parallel, the refresh rate is off kilter and when I type in Gmail the letters are not visible (I like Internet Explorer, which is not available on Mac OS X). Sony has nothing official to say, which is never good. The Best Buy rep says yes but he may just be trying to get a sale and I'd hate to return a perfectly good laptop based on bad info.