UKUU and Aptik are apps you need to look at
I'm a big fan of the Mint Linux series and have used them almost form the start years (decade?) ago.
Recently stumbled across two apps you ought to read up on.
The first is UKUU which updates the kernel only. I'm running 17.3 and 18.0 on several different computers with the 4.8 kernel installed via UKUU. Its all point and click.
Any of the Mint/Ubuntu tutorial websites have articles about how to install via command line or point and click download/installs. Check out Noobslab, TecMint, OMGUbuntu and others for guidance.
Aptik is a backup program. It backs up your settings or your software setup (easy to transfer to another computer so both have the same selection of software).
I use Windows for CAD and maintain Windows for my employer but 99.5% of my computer use is in Mint Linux. I can just do everything I do there.
Win7 and Win10 are solid but still vulnerable to adware and viruses. I spent time yesterday cleaning up a coworker's computer who got sloppy about how they used the computer. In Windows the user can't just click on anything.