Thank you for explaining the differences between Synaptic and Aptus. I will stick with Aptus to safely upgrade. I think my Internet glitching caused something not to upgrade correctly.
I know a few, but learning more bash commands are on my to do list as is learning how to deal with grub. Grub, for some reason confounds me. I've messed grub up many times in the past, following information I've found online on how to edit/change it. One day I'll understand it better.
As for the triple boot, I originally was playing with Fedora, but it was very bossy and locked me out of windows and Sparky. So, I used Peppermint 7 to wipe out Fedora and all has been well ever since. My ultimate goal is to move to Linux permanently and use a VM or Vbox for Windows 7. But that's another story.
I do appreciate all the information.