I was eventually after YEARS of effort able to post this to its pertinent discussion, but evidently CNET provides no option to delete a post!
I wasn't able to post this on a CNET generated discussion of how to avoid not upgrading from Windows 7, and I had real problems posting it at all - is CNET trying to ban discussions of Linux?
However, I just want to make sure people know they can switch to Linux.
Preparing for being one day unable to use Windows 7 and wanting no part of Windows 8 and 10, their many very serious issues that people immediately around me run into constantly, and their cartoon like look, I got a refurbished slightly older computer and learned to use Ubuntu.
The new version of Ubuntu appears to be more user friendly and more workable out of the box. I installed version 14 and they're up to version 18.
I'm not sure if it runs on 32 bit machines.
Linux is structured differently and doesn't just allow viruses to self install.
There are emulators like Wine and Crossover Linux (paid) that are very likely to let you run your most important Windows software on a Linux machine.
You can also install Windows XP or 7 on a virtual drive in Linux.
Do NOT install Ubuntu on a virtual drive in Windows 10, or the whole thing is likely to go away along with all your files when Windows 10 auto-updates! Don't even get me started on specifically why I won't use Windows 8 or 10... I don't think so.