I have read a lot of stuff in here, and learnt one hell of a lot a stuff in a short, but one dithering theme seems to be etched in any Linux forum:-
MicroSoft Windows conversion/look like (how to, what to, can you etc.)=8^(_)
I purchased (and am lucky enough to have a second machine) Linux o/s as a stand alone and I think it is excellent...
My next (new, if money if forthcoming)machine is having Linux as the o/s.
Keep MicroSoft machines MicroSoft. Keep Linux, well, Linux, and don't try to emulate !