Read. and then read some more. You might slap your self later if you skip this step :P
Go with the easy root, the one with the virtual machine setup. The root method requires a Linux setup to be used and the VM is the short cut you're looking for.
Safe strap should have no problems, provided you read. and follow all the instructions that have been laid out here for you to read.
safestrap 3.65 will allow you to boot the newest builds of Cyanogenmod.
If anything were to go wrong, you'll want to read about the house of moto.
Let me know if you need any help along the way.