I’d have kept 7 if I could have. I like it better than 8.1 for some oddities - like with 8.1, you cannot make a system repair disc. You must use a USB drive and it can only hold the restore files. What was the point of that?
And 8.1 requires you to log on with a MS ID & password. Why? How many people REALLY wanted to log on to their computer with an ID held at Microsoft?