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As mentioned above, do try out live CDs of one or more distros until you find one you like. Xubuntu would be a very reasonable choice for your system (as would any other distro running XFCE or LXDE); GNOME and KDE might be a bit too heavy. As for installing, I recommend not removing Windows, but dual booting. I've found that there are a few websites that only work in Windows.
Since you say that it's an older computer, with a 1.6 processor, I'm going to suggest antiX. Make sure you get the full i686 version of the download, unless you want to basically build from scratch. (I don't recommend this if you're new). The current version is M8.5 but I've had more success running the M11 release candidate. It's light on resources but still looks pretty nice. You can find out more at http://antix.freeforums.org. It's basically given me the ability to keep my laptop around a little longer (this thing was a new model in '06), and not a high-end one even then. I've used Ubuntu and Mint on it, but those distros are getting a little too bloated for this old thing to handle. Here's the output of inxi -F so you can see what I'm working with here (I suspect its somewhat comparable to your setup) :
Wow Thanks for all the replys I have been quite busy this last week and havent had much time on the comp. Yes it is a 128 Mb video card Nvidea GeForce Ti4200, Cool, I looking forward to upgrading to linux and keeping the dual display, or figuring it out. I already dl'd Ubuntu,and had a brief look at it. I do have 1gb of Ram which makes the live cd run smooth.Once I figure out the basics I am going to install it so it will run faster. I found myself wanting to verify my hardware, sound, wireless card, etc. and was lost. although I eventually managed to get on the internet, where do i check my hardware, drivers etc. I guess I just need more exploring time,so I can come back with more direct questions. Again thanks for all the info, I feel I am off to a good start.