Originally developed as integral part of a Corporate LAN, Windows Desktop Operation System - side by side with Windows Active Directory and Windows Domain Server - were intended to provide a restricted access to Internet and LAN resources. It is a common misunderstanding to use Windows on a home computer.
However it is very likely that you may need Windows on your home computer for your work or another indispensable task, such as accessing your bank account. In this case you have 2 options to run Windows alongside Linux on your computer - either as a Dual Booting System or in a Virtual Machine.
Should you install Windows as a Dual Booting System or in a Virtual Machine depends on your hardware resources - namely the amount of memory you have on your machine and the power of your CPU.
If you have plenty of RAM - such as 16Gb and a powerful CPU, you may install Windows in a Virtual Machine. If you are low on resources, you should better install Windows as a Second Boot option on your hard drive.
If you install Windows and Linux as a Dual Boot Machine, you will have GRUB boot loader that will be the 1st thing you see after the BIOS POST. It will give you a list of Operation Systems, available for booting, and will wait a few seconds so that you might choose whichever you want to boot, like:
- GNU GRUB version 1.99
- Linux Mint Mate, kernel 4.10.0-30-generic
- Linux Mint Mate, kernel 4.10.0-28-generic (recovery mode)
- Other operating systems
- Windows 8.1 (loader) (on dev/sda1)
- Use Up and Down keys to select which entree is highlighted. Press Enter to boot the selected OS
Don't use Windows to brouse Internet and don't install anything risky! Windows is a very expensive and fragile operation system prone to hacker attacs and virus infections of all sorts. Keep your Windows safe!