I just came across Wubi (wubi-installer.org/), and I think its great for newbies.
It actually installs Ubuntu from windows as if its just another program. It installs Ubuntu into a folder so theres no need to partition and all that stuff.
It uses the Ubuntu alternate ISO.
I was wondering how is an alternate cd different from a Live CD?? Is it possible o make an alternate cd from a Live CD of Mint??