Windows 7 is a subset of Windows 8
by jv - 2/1/13 3:26 PM
Only the Start menu is missing. Find all of the new shortcuts and you have everything back. Install an aftermarket Start Menu and you are set.
You can also run Windows 7 as a VM under Win 8. You can also co-install your apps into Win 7 VM.
Don't abandon Windows 8. It is actually very much superior Win 7