My first Linux machine (a netbook) ran so slowly I ended up learning Terminal installs so as not to waste time...
sudo apt-get install package
sudo apt-get remove package
sudo add-apt-repository ppa/somethingsomething
dpkg -i whatever.deb
dpkg -r whatever.deb
And once I installed Wine, I set it the default program for EXE files so I can just double click them like Windows.