Now that puts a completely different light on things! No money on hands, so going MS is not an option anyway.
Would you be able to go with a live cd for now? Did you make a remaster you can use? If not maybe someone here could provide you with a remaster with LO or OOo included. Else you could use some static distro instead. All things Linux is better than Windows in your situation.
As for your age, why not get an assistant who can be your successor one day? Someone who's still in his 'playing days'? Sorry if I'm suggesting the obvious.
So, back to finding solutions: did you try any other apps?
A remaster that includes OOo and Libre that would be nice for me on my new laptop, which has yet to find and access either one lol.
OK wild Idea! How about the print from screen function. If you could Would Gimp help, as in making an image, then print from screen and then it would be easy to set up after that.(I hope)
The next suggestion would be getting an old copy of 3.5 then using you can too frozen repo to update and use the Virtual box.
You might have to go to the site and the one that works with usb for PClinuxOS just in case i still have that patch.
So you would keep your present up to date distro, but also have the ole reliable 3.5.
and the bugs will be worked out and you don't sound brattish to me and I know brats i have 4 mobile targets of my own lol
thats all state saying.