Anyway, I got Windows 10 pro for £19.99 from Softwaregeeks.co.uk
and I've added a shell program to give it the Windows 7 look and feel - https://github.com/Open-Shell/Open-Shell-Menu/releases
Fingers crossed, so far it's looking good.
I probably will try Linux again too, but not until I've got everything sorted with Windows.
later - also reloaded all the old Windows games from
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