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You can find the release several ways, usually there is a file named 'issue' or 'release' so open a terminal and type:
cat /etc/issue, or cat /etc/release. One of those should tell you.
If you don't know how to open a terminal, hold the Alt+F2 keys down simultaneously and when the little box opens type terminal or konsole and you should get a terminal window to enter the commands.
There should be a menu icon possibly in the extreme lower left where the windows "Start" button usually is. It may be elsewhere so just mouse over icons at the top/bottom of the Desktop. There should be a Software Manager somewhere. I have Mint installed on a partition but it is KDE which is not the default/standard on Mint so I doubt you have that. Can't be anymore specific.
Posting some information on your hardware, processor, RAM memory and graphics card and the approximate age of the computer would help.
You should try to find where the software manager is as downloading from the Mint repositories rather than just anything off the internet is going to save you a lot trouble later.
Is that a typo? Mint releases are numbered and since releae 5 they are just number, 6, 7,...14 with 14 being the most recent. So do you have 12 or 13? Did you run the commands suggested above? Do you know how to open a terminal where you can type the commands? Usually Mint has a menu button which is an icon with a letter M, usually green. Do you see that? How have you tried to find the Software Manager?
On the versions of Mint I have used, the Desktop looked similar to the one at the link below. Of particular interest is the Menu button which you can see in the lower left of the image. Also, Software Manager shows. This particular image is for the xfce Desktop which you may not be using but I would expecta your Desktop to have a Menu tab.