Not sure if this is allowed but this post is directed to phillpower2. I hope wasilla will forgive me.
I'm not exactly replying to this topic but the subject I'd like advice on is very similar.
My husband hates computers but reluctantly and quite painfully uses a Samsung NC110 netbook that I bought and then became dissatisfied with because it was too small and fiddly. (The smallness doesn't bother Paul but he just struggles to adjust at all to the conventions of computer use and calls for help very frequently when he's "lost" something or some change has happened he didn't make happen on purpose.)
The netbook is nearly five years old and occasionally does funny things that suggest its screen may be on the way out. So we think we should think about getting a new laptop for him before the old one actually dies and it will be mainly me and the shop sales person choosing it.
Most of the laptops in the computer shop will be running Windows 10 but the NC110 is on Windows 7 Pro, which we have an installation CD and product key for. We also have a CD and product key for Office 2003. (I also have a USB external CD/DVD drive so can install from a disc.)
Paul only uses Word and the internet (Chrome) and never does anything fancy with either of these, but, to the extent that he is housetrained with a computer at all, he is used to Windows 7 and Word 2003.
(I should perhaps mention in passing that I use an iMac and an iPad, so I'm a bit rusty with Windows, and there'd be something to be said for me to stick with something I'm familiar with.)
Your reply to wasilla suggests that i was right to think it was possible for me to install Windows 7 on a computer bought preloaded with Windows 10. My question is this: could I do this without burning my boats? Could I install W7 on top of W10 without losing the option to return to W10? It's not just Paul wanting something familiar (though that's the main thing) but presumably the Office 2003 (and Publisher 2003) would not run on W10.