And HP doesn't even ALLOW the installation, so sorry but you are WRONG !
READ the freaking article which clearly you guys did NOT. So you missed the part that says "there will be no drivers, apps or Windows 7 content made available for downgraded computers."
Then try this: Go to HP.com. Go to Support and Drivers, enter HP Pavillion model "p7-1420t", there are ONLY WINDOWS 8 DRIVERS available.
So how does one get around that ?
Buy a Mac and the bootcamp process installs the WIndows 7 drivers for you.
So YES ! The irony of this is such that I find it freaking hilarious ! As I stated in my original post, the lack of drivers is the level of support that I said was the show stopper: not even allowing customers to install drives that definitely do exist.
And its not me who finds Win 8 a disaster, its pretty much the whole tech industry. Even the tablet version on Surface is getting crapped all over in reviews. MS failed horribly. Most IT departments will not adopt Win 8 and have no plans to.. that in itself speaks to its failure.