Gina Trapani wrote about fixing her mom’s computer. In my case, it applies to my brothers’ computers, as my mom actually runs Linux.
A few days correcting Windows XP’s mistakes — like first not allowing downloads from any application, then secondly accidently eating the partition it resides upon (which had crucial information with no backups) — is painful. My other brother’s computer would log out as soon as logging in was attempted.
They’ve both been running Firefox and using OpenOffice.org for some time now, and each are interested in switching to Linux (which would’ve happened if it wasn’t for the fact that the WinXP problems ate up too much time, leaving none left for Linux with Linksys WUSB11 v2.6 wireless adapter support).