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I recently acquired a Samsung Series 9 Ultrabook. I have been requested by the owner to install Windows 7 on it instead of Windows 8, which is pre-installed.

In terms of driver compatibility, is this a good idea? Googling drivers shows Softpedia has what seems to be sufficient functional drivers. Samsung's support site shows them as well, but curiously enough Windows 8 drivers are nowhere to be found.

In terms of speed optimization, is this a good idea? The computer would appear to have a 128gb SSD inside. Regarding custom-tailored software for speed optimization, could it exist?

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Side question: Is Win8 significantly different, insofar as compatability or usage, that I should bother swapping it out for your average end user? (above-50 year old man). –  iananananan Jul 30 '13 at 0:21
    
If its just the UI, you could just install a shell replacement like classicshell or start8 –  Journeyman Geek Jul 30 '13 at 7:43
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I would guess that the reason for only having Windows 7 drivers their, is because most Windows 7 drivers are compatible in windows 8.

If you want speed I would suggest to just stay with Windows 8 as they have optimized the speed in most ways, like the start-up.
But with a SDD installed, then you would still have a fast Windows 7 and for "normal" use, it would be just as fine.

If the end-user is used to Windows 7 and not very fond to changes, then install Windows 7. Windows 8 should be more user-friendly (windows phone/tablet -like interface), but again that depends on the user.

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