Hi dc-, welcome to the Linux Mint forums
Thanks for joining the forums! Windows 95 was the last Windows version I enjoyed, probably because you could still boot DOS if you needed to (which you couldn't do with 98 anymore). I can tolerate Windows 7 at work, and earlier Windows XP, but I'm glad they skipped Windows Vista
Be sure also to check out the Community
website (tutorials, hardware and software reviews, ideas), and the Cinnamon Spices
website for adding even more themes, applets and extensions to Cinnamon.
You can also chat in real-time with other Linux Mint users. In the Mint Menu, in the Internet section, start the application XChat IRC. You will automatically get connected to #linuxmint-chat for general chat and #linuxmint-help for support with other Linux Mint users.
Have fun with Linux Mint