Let me give you the background story....
I am a CompSci student at University in England. I have (for about 3 years on and off) dual booted Linux and Windows (XP/Vista/7) and I found myself increasingly using Linux more, appart from where I *HAD* to use Windows.
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Anyway, I decided today that I want to recover my system to factory settings, using the recovery partition, and then reinstall Mint using a shared NTFS partition as my Home folder for both Linux and Windows. Turns out, I messed up that recovery partition somehow (blegghhhh), and because windows wouldnt boot (again, dont know why, probbably something I done to it whilst I was making my computer 'better' after a few drinks...) I had to use the Manafacture provided recovery disc.
It installed Win7..... but without the shed-load of propriety(sp?) software that came with the computer initially.
I thought that it wouldnt be too bad, the less bloatware and AOL free trials they give me, the better, right?
However, The screen resolution is MEANT to be 1366x768... NOT the 800x600 Steve Ballmer decided I should look at.
BUT, here is what done it for me-
Windows (straight out the box with NO manafacturer add-ons) could NOT detect the following:
And, because Windows did not know how to connect me to The Information Super Highway.... I could not do a thing. Completley useless.
So: I just installed Mint as my sole OS, and I couldnt be happier- I find it more useable than Windows, and I *LOVE* that it recognises EVERYTHING straight out the box, no issues.
TLDR: Messed up my Dual boot pc, tried to install Win7 with manafacturer restore disc, but windows did not work out of the box..... and chances are, never will.
Linux works out the box with no fuss.
So, when people tell me that Windows "Just works" I will happily draw their attention to this example, where Windows was shown to be useless at installing itself from a cold start on a Samsung Laptop (it is a current model, too!)... and how Mint (and linux in general) Triumphed.