If you don't want to run Windows 10 as your primary OS then you might be interested in running it as a Virtual Machine (as I do...).
I just read through this and I came away impressed. Not a bad article at all and having a backup of ones registry is well, just smart!
I am seriously looking into this especially since one of my neighbors had this basement flood (his pipes burst) as the heater went out. His basement basically turned into an ice rink all while he was on vacation. If I had something that would email me when the temp or a system went down, even remotely, I could call for help.