1. @habesque: "My idea and so my question was can I use a live disc to recover the information in the installed Rebecca XFCE as I am of a mind now to just scrub the lot and install Linux only." I thought we answered this, yes. Just copy them to a usb, and you can do the same with the info on the windows side. Just go into File Manager from LiveDVD > Devices to the left > and choose your Windows install and maneuver to your desired files! awesome huh.
2. Also, those specs are for the standard box, it says max RAM 2gb, and you are saying that you have 4gb? Why don't you go to this post from cat1092 and learn how to use speccy, scroll down till you see the tutorial. The company is piriform. You will learn a lot from having this around, I did. Depending on what you got there you might want to install something much better than xfce! and, perhaps a 64bit system? we don't know yet.
NOTE: I'm sorry you said Windows is not working we cannot use speccy with linux. But still that is good software to use if you still have windows on another pc and perhaps can be used in a Virtual Box to do the same.
Do this in terminal when you are booted from LiveDVD without quotes "sudo lshw" or just lshw. Or look up the system info in the Menu, I forget what it is called in xfce. In terminal you can copy paste but the info is much more spread out. If you know what you are looking for no problem but if you don't it might be easier to use the Menu and find the system info app.
You might be able to install Hardinfo from Software manager temporarily.
2. I/we all can't remember all the details on your pc from other posts, so you should start from the beginning I think if you want to fix it. Seeing you want to just wipe the drive and put Mint on there let's get your info and get a good OS on there.
a. Like if you checked the md5sum before you installed?
Some members here give me a hard time for doing this, lol jab jab, but I had two bad downloads just last week on a good connection. This will corrupt the iso download, and therefore your installed os will be damaged.
b. Did you activate the firewall and did you update and upgrade the OS after linux install?
3. You can also check the DVD Integrity upon boot if you want to use the same DVD to make sure that it is good.
a. Boot the DVD and during countdown press Tab, then select Integrity check.