Steam for Windows 7 runs just fine, AFAIK. At least, it always used to. Odd that you should find the thought in a Linux magazine. You did download the Windows 7 version, right? Windows would not be happy if you installed the Linux build, like putting Diesel oil in a gasoline engine, nasty cleanup job.
If you install on Mint, just make sure it's the Steam app and not SteamOS!
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