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I recommend starting with ubuntu. You can go to: http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop and download the ubuntu 13.04 iso file, and install it by making a live usb or just burn the image to a dvd. It is explained here: http://www.ubuntu.com/download/deskt...ick-on-windows how to create a bootable usb in a windows system. If you make a dvd, you need to put the dvd in the computer on which you want to install unbuntu, restart the computer and immediately go to BIOS menu (different computers have different ways of doing this), and choose to boot from dvd drive. If you make a usb, then do the same except start the computer with the usb mounted, go to BIOS menu during start-up, and choose to boot from usb drive. From here you should be able to follow the prompts throuhg the whole installation and should be self-explanitory. Let me know what happens.
I always recommend Mepis to new users. It's a very good distro and gives you an idea of how stable Linux can be compared to Windows.
I mention this because i think The often recommended Ubuntu and Mint often fail in demonstrating this quality and give a poor image to Linux; or at least, that's my experience.