Originally Posted by remnant
its not that we don't have the money its that we don't want to spend $100-1$50 for an operating system used for surfing the web and playing youtube videos.
Sheesh if that's all you need to do then you probably are better off with Android. It'll be less aggravating for you and you won't end up hating Linux for dumb reasons like most people who come over with the whole "why isn't it free Windows" mentality. I'm not saying anything about you or your knowledge; I'm just saying that unless you need to do more or want to actually learn how to do things in a Linux distro it isn't worth the potential "work" that seems to happen with a lot of people who come over out of somewhat desperate measures (IE money issues). Throw an Android x86 image on there and problem solved (unless you have a computer that isn't using Intel GPUs). Hopefully, I got it across that I'm worried not that you couldn't handle things; but that you'd have the wrong expectations (or the wife would).
That said...if the wife is so dead set on Windows you could always prank her and get a OSX style DE setup and claim you got her an Apple product. Women for some reason love that damn company and the best part is most can't tell the difference.
Another idea is explain to her how a "runner" works and teach her the hot key. Then all she has to do is start typing the name of program she wants and hit enter and poof. I can't imagine anything simpler/easier than that (hence why I use runners). But LXDE is always there for the XP nostalgic people (at least until Wayland and their Qt changeover).