Since she wants me to install Win 7 anyway, I may just have to do a factory reset, let it do its thing back to Win8, then go from there. It should at least take it back down to 3 or 4 partitions from the 6 it shows now
I've only wasted 3 days messing with all the updates and tweaks, it could have been worse
I think she likes Win7 more because it is what is on her schools computers (FtZumwalt) so she feels comfortable with it. She had no problems adjusting from WinXP to Win7.
Maybe by the time they finally get all the bugs out of 8/8.1 I'll have access to a decent 8.x OEM install disk without bloatware. and she'll want to go back up to 8. I myself have finally gotten used to Win7, I'm only about 6 years behind everyone else