I have just spent most of last week and today trying to install Ubuntu 11.04 and have now given up with it. Prior to that Mint 10 screwed up my hard drive completely.
More than half of the distros I have tried do not want to install.
I have installed windows several times as well as upgrading from one version to another with absolutely no problems at all.
I don't need to keep typing in passwords in Windows but in Linux it seems I have to everytime I want to do something, this is one of my pet hates with Linux. Another pet hate is the seemingly constant need to use the terminal, sudo apt etc, I do not need to do anything like that in windows.
I feel the sheer number of different distros is also off putting for people wanting to try out Linux and the different desktops.
In Linux's favour I do think it has come a long way since I have started dabbling with it and it is getting closer to what I would call "usable". Eventually I would like to migrate to Linux permanently but there are a couple of programs I use that are Windows only and from what I have read it is a complete pig to get them working through wine and since I use these programs a lot Windows still needs to be my main OS.
1. I have installed Linux on 643 systems to date.
Some more then once, due to the want to try newer and better when it comes out. Facts are the installs have ALL been far far easier and better then windows in every way.
So your complication makes utterly no reasonable sense to me. Even if I hit a wall with a system and a distro, I have ALWAYS found a distro that works. This is an extremely rare occasion.
2. Windows suffers from viruses in the BILLIONS. Every time I convert a client to linux from windows has been due to infections. 18.5 months later, not one infection on any linux system yet. Thus the need to enter your SUDO password to install and make changes, pails in comparison to needing to use anti virus and anti malware BS. Just because windows lacks any security to safe guard its systems like linux uses.
18.5 years of windows used and sold and only 18 months of linux. I will never go back, Linux has reduced my problems from clients 10,000 fold.
So from were I stand, best of luck with your (trapped for life and a great expense os) called windows lol. Your going to need it.
Proud owner of a 99.5 % Linux based Pc - laptop - netbook - tablet - networking business.
Do your self a favor, stop paying for imperfection. Once you know Linux, you never go back.