If you came from the winsxp age then you would know that although wins xp had some default drivers there were some that were missing especially if you had a toshiba laptop & a dell reinstallation disk. Anyway some proprietary drivers are not included in the instalation disk in linux. You have to instałl them after the install. You may even be stuck without a GUI, but you will have the necessary tools to get an internet connection & download whatever you want or need.
When you buy a windows dvd you pay for support to accomplish getting your system up & running.
With most linux operating systems you can get the operating system for free, additional software & voluntary support, all for free. Not only that you get free lessons all the while.
I hope that you get everything out of linux that I have & enjoy the quest for knowledge.