- Back up your data files
- Wipe that abusive shit operating system off your machine
- Install Linux.
Don't look back.
You now can then stare at the computer and realize that none of the applications and tools use you are on your now almost completely useless workstation....
Your solution is simplistic and really not very realistic for most people even those with good technical knowlege.
A workstation is more than the OS that is loaded on it. Just replace Windows with Linux and you have a box that pretty much doesn't do anything, Just like if you loaded Windows on a new workstation.
It is the applications that you use on the OS where most of what you do takes place.
What many people find is that can't find replacements for the applications they use daily or only find limited numbers of apps which work completely different, don't offer the same options or features (even if it is a Linux version of the same application). Even after a long time of searching and trying various applications you are still nowhere close to where you were before you made that jump. And you have eaten up all that spare time you never had in the first place.
You use the right tool for the job. I have a primary workstation with Win7, it has hundreds of applications I use daily for my own business, personal use, and interacting with others. It is backed up via 3 different backup solutions to ensure I don't lose my info and is the central location for most of my info.
If you look at my servers, you won't find a winbox among them. All of them are either Linux (debian), AIX a smattering of Solaris and I still have some FreeBSD boxes for specific tasks. I don't use them for a workstation, most of them are non-gui based setup, command line.
Right tools for the right jobs.