Re: "Personal" computer no more
I have linux mint in a VM; and I'm gradually transitioning, function by function over to it. Theoretically, WIn7 will go until 2020; but the more they take the piss like this, the more urgent it seems.
Clearly not a numpty (reads here, has a thought out migration plan &c).
Suggest, in parallel with VM, finding an old box and putting a throw-away install on to investigate bare metal performance, proprietary driver installation (nvidia/amd) and if laptop the wifi driver waggledance. Thinkpads work almost too well with Linux, try something trickier for a challenge.
PS: Dave 132 sounds like a Slackware sort of person to me.