BazNZ:Ragnor: Because old versions of things are phased out and not sold with new hardware.Yes but Windows 7 is hardly old is it?
Yes, it is. It's not viable in most cases for the retailers to stock separate quantities of the same device, with different OSes, and it equally isn't that viable for manufacturers to do so in many cases. There are options for you to downgrade to Win7 if you so wish (some manufacturers support this as part of your included OEM license), so you're not being *forced* to use Win8. But they are providing the current-version OS out of the box because that is the logical thing to do, and provides the best support options.