Originally Posted by haertig
Yep, LinuxMint is my recommendation too. But I would go for the Xfce desktop rather than the Cinnamon desktop if you're coming from Windows XP. I personally thing Xfce is more Windows-like than newer versions of Windows are. It's not as "fancy" as Cinnamon, but "fancy" can sometimes make things harder to learn. Moving from XP to Xfce will be more natural than moving from XP to Windows 8. Windows 8 is like, "Who came up with this completely alien interface?!"
Thanks I will check Xfce out as well when I get the freaking W's to read or boot from the DVD