And so I do and then *pow* it asks me if I want to set it up right next to XP and I say, "yes" and then select what ever it throws at me - default settings across the board and then after updating and then a reboot - I'm running a dual boot old XP / Lubuntu machine with no work.
Yes It is that easy most of the time, However as you know sometimes things happen, It is always a good idea to have backups if you intend to dual boot, If not just let Linux get rid of that pesky Windows.
Yes, & as Nick stated, Windows can be pesky.
Why is it that a base install of most versions of Linux, including updating, takes less than 45 minutes (dependent on system & ISP speeds)? Adding software & fine tuning things an hour or two.
And at the same time, most any version of Windows, but especially XP, Vista & Windows 7. First, driver installs, requires several update cycles & reboots in between. Install, activate & update Office if needed. After this, a defrag, backup of initial install/update. Then install extra needed software, run a security scan of all, a final defrag & backup (keep both backups for the life of the install) takes a few more hours. With luck, a fast system & ISP speeds, one might can perform a fresh install of Windows in a full day. That is, if everything needed has been downloaded (or on hand) & ready to go.
Oh & don't forget that recommended minimum monthly Full Disk image. Plus Data backups as needed (Linux requires Data backups also).
That's a lot of work just thinking about it, let alone doing it.
I believe Nick was biting his tongue by the "pesky" term. Closer to a pain in the backside. Windows requires lots of maintenance, be it 8.1 or anything below. Am so glad for those backups, at the present time, don't have it in me to perform a full install of a supported version of Windows in a single day. In my condition, would take a weekend.
Setting up, running & maintaining most versions of Linux is a walk in the park, compared to Windows. Really a lot easier than many thinks & so is using the OS. If one can run Google Chrome or Firefox on Windows, it works & looks the same on a Linux OS. So does many more software choices that has a different name, but does the same thing.
Best of all, no layers of security needed for the home user, though it's still an option & those who passes along lots of mail to Windows computers may would want one. Not to protect the Linux server, but the Windows customers who gets the emails.