Linux IS better than Windo$e - but that's coming from a Linux user!
There are various emulators/virtual machine software (of varying success and cost) that will let you run Windo$e within Linux.
but....if you're as new to Linux as you say, I'd suggest that you either dual-boot or experiment (if you've got an old spare non-critical machine) before going down that route.
If you dual-boot, check for XP issues on this and other Linux forums - XP is a bit more 'sniffy' about dual booting than older Windo$e versions and some searches may save you time and hassle.
Enjoy the ride - it's worth it!