Re: As long as Win10 continues to be a piece of spyware...@Jess
There are valid reasons to use 7 instead of 10, I just don't believe that trusting Microsoft not to spy on you if you stick to 7 is not one of them.
There is also the issue that Microsoft seem to want all professionals to use pro versions, rather than small businesses being able to get away with home like on 7 or XP.
Dual boot is easy with a fresh install. Install Windows partitioning the drive and leaving some empty. Then install Mint and it gives dual boot options.
The only fiddly bit is making it use the last chosen boot option, rather than Linux. (edit a file then run a command). I needed to do this, not for windows, but because I wanted to use the low-latency kernel for better audio quality, and I didn't want to dive through menus each time (Windows is in the top menu anyway.)