OK here we go.
1: Backup your documents, just to be sure. (Unless of course you don't care falling back on last night's backup
2: Choose a disto. I use Slackware (www.slackware.com). I'll write this assuming you'll use Slack too.
3: Choose whether you want to make a new partition for linux, or install it on your ordinary partition. The last is easier and faster to install and remove. But will result in a slower, less secure, less reliable system. When you try linux out for the first time, I think you better use the last method, unless you have an extra hard-disk free.
4: Make sure you have enough disk space free. To install everything, you'll need about 2GB. One for downloading the packages, and one for the installation.
5: Pick a nearby mirror of Slackware
(list at http://www.slackware.com/getslack/)
and download the files in dir pub/slackware/slackware-7.1/bigslack/.
6: I don't have to tell you to read the readme.1st. Unpack the zip-files into your root directory.
7: When in windows, restart in ms-dos mode.
8: Edit the file C:\linux\linux.bat. When using the first partition on your first IDE drive you have to uncomment (remove the rem) the line:
rem \linux\loadlin \linux\vmlinuz root=/dev/hda1 rw
and comment out the line:
\linux\loadlin \linux\vmlinuz root=/dev/sda4 rw
out (add rem in the begin).
9: Run the file linux.bat and have fun! This is only the installation. To actually use linux go see:
and browse this forum. Good luck.