@ J. R. Hartley and all
"It really is an utter UTTER mess. I dread the day I am forced to leave Windows 7. "
Is ReactOS likely to be able to run your required applications by 2020 Win7 cut off?
Just wondering, not being sarky.
I find an old laptop running linux meets my personal needs fine. At work I use what employer gives me to use. Usually a managed Windows PC logged into a network.