I refuse to use anything that takes me more time to make things work than I care to invest anymore.
I continue to be amazed that people like you STILL cling to Windows. I'm very much using Linux without any downtime... without any "thingies not working" time... without "damn this worked yesterday" time...
Seriously AS, I've *REALLY* had zero problems with my schtuff just working... and now that everything except iOS devices are considered "MTP" devices... everything just works. DLNA works. Bluetooth stuff works. WiFi just works. Just about any common devices just works... including OLD scanners and new scanners. Haven't found a cam that doesn't work.
I'm flabbergasted as to the amount of pain you allow yourself to endure.