all, you should have to do is make sure your CD drive is set as the first boot disc in the BIOS and let it boot from the CD.
In fact, I've quickly burnt a CD (it's one of those programs I've been meaning to investigate) version 1.0.2 and this was the sequence of events.
Assuming your BIOS is set as above, load the CD into the drive a boot the machine. Don't enter anything at the prompt. Eventually, you will get to a point where it wants you to log in. The user name is:
and the password is:
Note: these are case sensitive and check your version to see if these have changed. They are actually shown on the screen.
That will eventually take you to a command prompt. Why? Because many Linux administrators prefer working from the command line. If you know what you're doing, it's far faster.
However, a graphical user interface is available. Simply type at the command prompt:
This will take you to a KDE desktop, which is pretty familiar teritory for a Windows user.
Hope that helps and not too much has changed in the version you are using.