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what is your question?? you need to be more explaining of what exactly your goals are.
I am assuming that you have a 'desktop' PC running Windows and you would like to install linux on it?? Do you want to dual boot or go completely to linux?? What are your goals for using linux (windows replacement, multimedia workstation, etc..)??
Please explain yourself and your goals and someone will be happy to help, thanks.
Oh ok. sorry. i mean my computer is using windows xp pro right now. i want to install linux so that i have 2 os on the same computer so that i can switch to either linux or windows anytime.
I still want to retain my windows xp pro.
All you need do then is pick a distro and install it. Most of the major distros today will allow you to resize your current Windows partition, making room for a Linux install. If you've picked a distro and want to name it, I'm sure someone can walk you thru it or toss you a link.
Not much, Red Hat was my first distro. I think SuSE is a Win clone, and I've only seen Mandrake at a friends house. Fedora is meh, I would go with Red Hat 9.0 in my opinion it's a nice and small newbie distro.
Your installer will put a boot loader on for you, I would suggest Grub for you (I use Lilo), Grub looks prettier but has actually caused me more problems than anything. It's up to you on what you want though.