You might post your programs that require windows. Someone here might know of a linux alternative. For example, I kept a windows machine going at the office for a year or so after I took up Vector (I think it was ver. 5.
as we were using quickbooks, which, at the time at least, required windows. Then someone told me about gnucash. A couple of months after making that switch, my bookkeeper told me that gnucash beats quickbooks hands down. We have been completely gatesfree, probably for over 10 years now. We switched after learning the disgusting way Microsoft leveraged its OS to knock WordPerfect out of the driver's seat, or perhaps the even more disgusting way that George Bush the younger maneuvered the anti-trust laws to prevent Microsoft's dismemberment. So long ago that I can't remember. Becoming gatesfree became an imperative.