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Much the same way you install any other operating system, like Windows: You boot the computer from an installation medium like a DVD or a USB stick, and follow the installation wizard.
If you replace the existing operating system with Linux, all data and applications currently on the computer will be erased. If that seems a bit drastic, or if you simply want to try out one or more Linux distributions to see how they meet your needs, you could install Linux in a virtual environment; a synthetic PC running under your currently installed OS.
Thank you. I borrowed a Ubuntu 10.04LTS CD from a friend and have put it on the computer. It is running well.
It's a shame that you wasted your time doing this, because Ubuntu 10.04 Desktkop reached its "end of life" in May 2013 and is completely unsupported. If you had visted the Ubuntu website and read the instructions (as you were urged to do), you would not be stuck with an obsolete operating system.
It will be that much easier the second time, now that the OP has done it once already.
I have to agree with snowpine; doing a re-install of the latest version would be the best way to go. The OP is only going to have headaches going forward, since they're using an old version of things...new software, patches, etc. And chances are this was more of a confidence issue, rather than a technical/tough-to-do issue.
OP, you wouldn't spend your time loading Windows XP would you? It's old and unsupported as well...same with this version of Ubuntu. You can get the latest version for free, and make things easier for yourself going forward.