Thank you for the anecdotal report. At least from your other comments I see that you're not like that poster years ago who kept on whining about Ubuntu not installing on a second internal hard drive and erasing his files (the details have, wonderfully, been erased from my mind).
It's a pity that there is no way to evaluate how significant your report is versus the question at hand. What percentage of experienced Windows users burn 20 hours trying to get Windows to work exactly the way they want (or work at all)? What percentage of Linux users? How dependent is this on the particular user (I know that I personally burn up lots of time being pedantic about any OS I use)?
> and loaded Ubuntu on VirtualBox for my Linux stuff
"My Linux stuff"? If you were loading Linux as a native OS in the first place, what "other stuff" were you planning on doing with the laptop? Was the original plan to run Windows in a VM?