getting a new laptop...Im a big fan of Windows 7 ...but it would be easier to find a lapotop in the stores around here that runs on 8. ... Does windos 8 have a lot of bugs? Ive heard a lot of bad things but now I know 8.1 at least added a desktop.
Is it worth ordering online so I can get a windows 7 or should I just go ahead and buy laptop locally with 8 ?
Anyway, if it's easier to get a Windows 8 laptop locally, just go that route. Nothing wrong with it. If you really insist on a Windows 7 laptop and don't want to mess with installing it on a laptop you get locally, just get one with it pre-installed from an online retailer. That's a fine solution as well. Just get whatever is easier for you in the end.
Yeah if you do get Windows 8 just install ClassicShell. After that you can avoid the terrible Metro interface 99% of the time and stay on the desktop. The desktop+ClassicShell is basically the same as Windows 7.
Windows 8.1 allows you to boot to desktop without any Start Menu replacement program. Personally, I never used the start menu much in Win 7; I preferred the taskbar for pinning common apps. The Start Screen in Windows 8 is basically a glorified, fullscreen taskbar (one-click launch and search-enabled). Even though most of my programs flip to the desktop, I've been using Win 8 long enough where using a friend's computer with Start8 (or Classic Shell, I don't recall) is actually more inconvenient to me. The OS is pretty stable though, so however you use it, I wouldn't be too scared. Heck, I'm posting during downtime at a LAN party and I'm running StarCraft (yes, the original) without any trouble.