Okay, I got a laptop a few months ago, and it has windows 7. It runs fine and all, but I was wanting to instal Linux/mint on it. I downloaded the ISO file, and burned it to a DVD. I partitioned the hard drive. I have went into BIOS and set it up to boot from the DVD drive before the hard drive.
Here is the problem I am having, it will not boot from the CD. It goes straight to the Windows boot up.
I've read all the online tutorials I could google, but the vast majority of information is people trying to reload windows 7 after installing Ubuntu or Mint, and not liking it.
It could also be an issue with the DVD itself. I've had DVDs that have worked in one computer and not worked in another. As recall, an Ubuntu install can fit on a CD, rather than a DVD. I would also try that.
There's this section of the Ubuntu website which explains the no CD-ROM install (it's about halfway down the page).
You also might want to try the minimal install CD. It will probably take significantly longer, but if you have an older computer that's usually the way to go.
Do they have a Mac or PC? If it's a Mac I would get them a Gmail account and then set up OS X's Mail program to access the email that way. Mail makes it very simple to receive and send emails, as well as having a simple drag-and-drop to add photos.