You can use Boot Camp - it comes with the new Macs and you can install a bootable Windows OS to a different partition with it.
Or you can use VMware Fusion or Parallels or Sun VirtualBox to use Windows in a virtual machine. All of the methods will need a Windows install disc though.
But give Mac OS X a chance - it is much more user-friendly and faster to learn to use than Windows. And any questions - feel free to post here.
Yes, XP will run fine (or as good as does on any other PC anyway). BootCamp comes pre-installed on OS X, and is really easy to set up - you can even make Windows the default operating system (I think) by changing the startup disk in System Preferences.
it's a power pc G4.... so no it is not an intel processor.... is it still possible or beneficial at all? my parents imac will have the easy set up but i kinda want to load windows on mine cuz i have already found all the dvd converting and ripping programs that i need, and i saved them on a flash drive when i upgraded but they are all for windows..... maybe any suggestions on some good software for ripping converting and burning dvd's
If you don't have an intel Mac, then there is almost no point on having Windows on it. There is one option which is VirtualPC that costs like $80 that emulates an x86 processor, but it is so slow that it will make you cry.
What iMac does your parents have?
Using Windows on a PPC Mac is not a worthwhile project anymore.
You end up with Windows hardware created completely in software. It's not something that you would ever enjoy, as you end up with an emulated PC operating at something like 200 MHz, if you're lucky! XP would be a hopeless dog.... (no offense intended to any dog, but it would be dog-slow)
You should use this as a good excuse to upgrade to an Intel mini, when you would have about 6 different options for using Windows, most leaving you with a good-performing PC, if you really need it!
SLO4SHO - There is no real point in trying to install Windows on a PPC Mac, but if you wanted Mac recommendations for ripping / burning DVDs, all you really need is Toast. It's not free, but it is pretty complete - it will transcode and recompress DVD video (assuming its not encrypted), make disk images, burn audio CDs, DivX Discs and so on. Have a look here: