Hallelujah! It worked!!!
Did a new install of Mint and I got a lot more windows opening up in the install than I did before. However, the desktop is just some pixelated vertical dashes. Don't know what that's all about but I was able to get into the backgrounds and change the desktop photo which solved that problem. I just hope it will save my settings so when we shut down it will remain.
Other than that, everything is back up and running. The network settings apparently located the D-Link adapter and we got online and was able to set up the emails. My DH is dancing around as if no one's watching! Just kidding. He's wheelchair bound, but he's so happy and so am I.
I am so impressed by all of you dear Princes in shining armor that I am thinking about making the switch to Linux myself. I am so grateful to all of you who guided me through that maze of confusion. Also for being so patient with me. Getting that task bar on the bottom of the screen really helps alot. LOL
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Wonderful! Remember that here's the forum if you need ANY help.
To mention something: there might be programs that you use in Windows that does not exist in Linux but they have a substitute (sometimes dozens of) so you can ask for a replacement AND most software for Linux is available in what we call the REPOSITORIES where you tell the OS to download, uncompress and install it without having to do it by hand as in Windows (and without having to go to the download page).
Edited by malwaredpc, 17 July 2017 - 02:32 PM.