Has anybody got a solution for a simple system?
IFF your needs are simple, as others on this forum will tell you, Linux Mint will satisfy your needs. After more than a year running Mint on my computers, I have not needed any of the "leet" skills I picked up playing with Lunix 10 and 15 years ago. Updating is fast and simple; installing and uninstalling applications with the Synaptic Package Manager is way easier and faster than Windows.
If you need to do anything more than the basics, you'll either have to boot into Windows, or work with some frankly terrible software. Example:
I needed to make a video DVD for a friend from some video files he had been sent by a musician who wants him to write lyrics for his compositions. The files he sent were variously AVI, WMV and MOV. My friend doesn't possess a computer (frankly I wouldn't let him near one) and of course his DVD player didn't know how to play the computer videos.
Usually, I use Nero 9 for this, but on this occasion, the software informed me that since I had pirated the software, I needed to pay for it. Again? WTF! Nero allows you to create a video DVD by dragging the files onto a window and clicking a button to burn the compilation to DVD. The title menu takes its labels from the filenames.
The first FOSS application I used crashed when clicking the button to burn the compilation. Twice! The second FOSS application required selecting each individual file through a dialog box, then using a separate dialog box to rename the default Menu 1, Menu 2... to the required titles. At the end of the process, which took several minutes rather than the several seconds that Nero requires, it refused to create the DVD image file. It only managed to do this after rebooting the computer. Fortunately, Brasero managed the burning of the DVD image though unlike Nero, it doesn't include a file comparison after finishing the burn.
So, I find that from time to time it's easier to boot into Windows to do things that FOSS makes excessively complicated. And I find myself angrified by businesses like Ahead and Microsoft that I supported for many years treating me like a piece of shit. Of course when they call one a pirate, then it makes sense to become a pirate so that you are no longer called a pirate and/or denied the ability to use something you paid for. Go figure...