I bought the Biostar's Handbook and have been reading it, but I cannot work on many problems because the book is written for Windows 10 and I have Windows 7. I have tried to upgrade it but I keep running into errors that prevent the installation. While I resolve those problems, what software can I use that will replicate the work environment the book requires, so that I can work through the Handbook problems? Thanks!
While not exactly acquainted with the manual, I assume you will need some virtual linux -based environment?
If that is the case, Cygwin is one option, yet you can always install e.g. Oracle Virtualbox with an operating system of your choice. You might not even need to upgrade in that case.
Im using Fedora, its pretty simple and Windows-user-friendly.
I recommend you some of its distribution, the GUI is easy, the commands arent so hard, and installations are pretty simple aswell.
The reasons were given by Titus.