Well, your questions are not entirely clear to me, but I will gladly help however I can. Mandrake is available as a bootable cd, so you can try it before tinkering with any of your hard drives. I'd recomend this to be sure you will like the enviroment. Once you decide to install mandrake to your hdd, there are 3 cd's. You only absolutely need the first one. The other two are additional software, with some nice treats. If your downloading, keep checking different mirrors, I don't usually get releases the day they come out, but I got very lucky in a wicked fast mirror. once you burn the iso's, boot from the cd. it'll take you through the install. If your any kind of a windows power user you should have no problems. It'll take about 1/2 an hour tops for your specs. From there you should be able to get into a desktop enviroment, Kde or gnome are the best two, you can select adefault on install. I personally use kde. Once your in, kde, mozilla and netscape are available to surf the net, as is lynx and epiphany. Some are small and fast, some are suites. Kde also acts as a file browser, and image/video/mp3 player. Evolution is very similar to outlook as an email client. Lots of nice features in all the packages. All your browsers are mozilla based, so if you install a flash plugin to mozilla, it plugs in all of them. From there you should really play with the stuff you have, see what you like, and don't like. your browser and email features will stick if you switch from kde to gnome, and the others. The nice feature is if you want to add a user, they have the entire desktop\email\browser enviroment to customize, without interfering with your stuff.