As I mentioned, you can run Windows and Windows apps in a virtual machine hosted on a Linux system but I guess it's not a convenient solution for everybody. Anyone who can remember a time before compilers must be more ancient than me. Such software first became available in the 1950s. I also first used BASIC before a compiler - back in the 70s. I too feel unable to learn new stuff - a lot of the time it just doesn't seem to want to go in. Big picture stuff is ok but fine detail, nah. Old dogs, new tricks etc. I concur with the advice about upgrading Windows. I'd be tempted to back up existing installations or capture them as virtual machines before reinstalling. Windows has dropped features over the years - for example, support for running 16-bit apps and the old command shell. Thanks to certain people, Linux's backwards compatibility has also suffered to some extent from tinkering in the name of "progress".