The most complicated thing I have ever done on a PC and I found it very easy to do at the time without any outside help was to set my laptop up for streaming for services like Qobuz, spotify etc..
I bought an Arcam irDAC and went on their website, downloaded their AISO driver to allow 24bit/192khz class 2 for USB, plugged a JitterBug filter into the laptop, connected it up using a Chord Silver-Plus USB cable and I was off. Have been using this configuration (trouble free) and wirelessly for 4 years.
I have also ripped CDs using the laptop's own software WAV into Windows Media Player, went out and bought some blank CDs and burnt now copies just because I could and it was new to do. Again, I found this so easy to do, with no help from anybody. The only time I have had real difficulties in using a PC is now, hence this thread and it does not seem to be abating in getting not any easier. Ho hum...
I have made the mistake into thinking that I just plug everything in (as described above) a couple of clicks and then i'm off. I would never of dreamed for one minute that I would of found it this difficult. I am none the wiser, in fact i'm even more confused now than ever. The only thing I have found simple is using dBpoweramp.