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I would say that Wubi might still be worth a shot.
If it installs, it will provide a much more realistic experience than a Live CD, because you are not stuck with the limited resources of a ramdisk. I've used it successfully several times on XP and Win 7.
And you don't have to install it from a CD. You can download the installer and double-click on the file to install it, just like any other Windows *.exe installer, but in that case you need an internet connection, because it wants to go to the net to get the bulk of the install.
Distribution: Ubuntu 12.04, Mint 13, RHES 5.5, RHES 6
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If your PC has a modern processor and a decent amount of RAM you could also look at running any distribution in a virtual machine using VMWare or VirtualBox.
This is what I would suggest, plus if your new to linux the snapshotting tools could prove to make testing and playing around much easier for you.
Snapshot before you try something your not comfortable with, if you break something; roll back and your back to were you started. A lot fun can be had using virtualization technology if your hardware supports it.