I'm going to refer you to this article I read, specifically this "Hewlett-Packard is typical: It does not support downgrades of consumer-grade Windows 8 PCs to Windows 7. But if you buy a machine loaded with Windows 8 Pro, you can make the jump. HP's policy is based on Microsoft's licensing terms, which support downgrade rights only to new PCs preloaded with Windows 8 Pro, the version of Windows designed for business."
found here http://www.pcworld.com/article/2015107/downgrading-from-windows-8-to-7-what-you-need-to-know.html
there is a link on that page to common annoyances and how to fix them - perhaps with those, your friend can live with win 8
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win 8 is utter garbage, my college IT dept. refuses to work with win 8 on students computers, due to there being so many unresolved or unresolvable conflicts.
gradually becoming more unstable , with freezing, hang-ups, dropped wireless, crashes. 2 ou of 10 and that is for the looks.
win 8 and acad 2013, FAIL; will be downgrading too win 7 either with this laptop, or getting rid of this one and getting another non HP , as has been advised by the school!!! and getting another.
So Far MS FAIL
HP FAIL] for their tough poo get used too it attitude.
disappointed and disgusted