I'm often spouting off about Linux. It's pretty much taken over everything but desktops, and this annoys the hell out of Linus Torwalds. So, partly for his sake, I'm throwing out some links. I'm also doing this because a flash drive with Ubuntu or Linux Mint can function as a rescue disk, allowing you to access your files in event of a crash. It can also be a lifeboat, allowing you to use your computer until you repair your computer's OS (be it Linux or Windows). This is not a bad thing to have. This is for Ubuntu (harmony) and, no disrespect to Lindows, this brought Linux to the masses. Download Ubuntu Desktop | Download | Ubuntu This is for Linux Mint. It is Ubuntu with more elegant and pragmatic desktops. Download - Linux Mint Whichever you choose, you'll need to install it on a DVD or a flashdrive. This one offers persistence. Boot and run Linux from a USB flash memory stick | USB Pen Drive Linux This means you can run it from a flashdrive and make changes, such as changing the desktop background or adding programs or storing documents. If you have an EFI drive (and if you are running pre-installed Windows you probably do), a UUI (Pendrive Linux) flash drive may not boot. Then, you might need Rufus. Index of /downloads Choose GPT/EFI when you format the drive. You won't have persistence and you'll lose all your changes every time you boot with it, but you'll have your rescue/lifeboat drive. And, who knows? You might even grow some balls and try the better OS.