Originally Posted by suttiwit
Install Linux Mint and Select the option "Install Linux Mint 13 alongside Windows 7" and it should create a partition to fill half of the hard disk available and installs.
Mint makes this especially easy. If you put the disk in, it walks you straight through it. I have installed several Linux distros, and I have yet to find one that makes it as easy as Mint (even though LuninuX OS comes pretty close).