Virtual Machine, Full Installation or… Wubi

[ Thanks to Maarten
for this link. ]

“So you heard some news about alternatives to Windows, called
Linux? You might be interested in trying? In this article I will
describe some alternatives to try, without having to abandon
Windows. That’s right, you can keep your current operating system
in any case!

“Principally there are two options: Or you use a program that
can virtualize a new computer, or you install Linux independently
from windows, letting you choose which operating system you want to
start when you turn on you computer: Linux OR Windows (this is
called dual boot)…”