Ah eventually you'll get the linux bug again. The proof of M$, it's fairly common knowledge if ya do some searching about dual booting with win7. Looks like M$ skipped a step and now windows machines are coming preinstalled with malware ( the win7 bootloader, lol.)
Guess they just decided to save everyone some time and load a boot sector virus on windows machines at the factory. As they know it's just a matter of time before all the systems using them get infected with something anyway.
Hopefully they do get class actioned or an anti-trust ( another of many anti-trust ) suits filed on them. For real, making things harder for people to dual boot and do whatever they wan't with "their computers" is not at all right.
Actually costing people a lot of time messing with something or repairing something they shouldn't have to. Not to mention it is unfair marketing. When they can set it up so that their crappy product is the only option people have to choose.
I mean I've seen ways to do it that looked totally sound. But trying to work with someone remotely and get it done would be a nightmare. I've helped people solve minor tech problems remotely and it was a massive pain. Setting up a dual boot when one of them is windows 7 I'm willing to admit my limitations. Not willing to go through that much aggravation for strangers.
I mean there are how to's and guides available on the net. Dual booting linux with windows 7 is by no means impossible, plenty of people are doing it. Though it'd take less time for someone with that goal to find the info themselves, than to try to help them with it remotely.
Definitely don't give up on linux (linux mint is good stuff too) eh. If for no other reason than cause a craptastic corp like M$ thinks they can keep you from trying it. Like ya said, it's understandable that someone would hold off until they have some free time.