I tried installing Mint v. 7 x64 within Windows from the 64-bit CD burned from a download today (setup below). The install dialog recommended putting the OS on drive F:, located on a second hard disk that I use only for backup, and normally lock away. It installed without difficulty.
Because keeping Mint on this drive was a nuisance, I uninstalled it, again without trouble, using the Windows Control Panel.
I then did the same installation, this time specifying drive C:, the drive on which I keep Windows and applications but not data files. About 20 gigs is free. The installation proceeded until it finished the Creating Image stage, at which point it complained that it could no longer access the CD and asked me to retry. It again created the image, and again gave the error message when just finished. I then tried the same installation with both the downloaded ISO file and MINT4WIN.EXE in the same directory (some users had found this necessary with an earlier version). Same deadly cycle, although it shouldn't have needed the CD. I finally had to give up. I tried to install on the D:\, data partition on my first hard drive, which has plenty of room. Same glitch.
Have other people run into this problem? Any simple way of dealing with it? I don't want to make a new partition, which would involve the hassle of renaming all the others.
End PC Noise Workstation
Windows XP SP3
4 partitions on 2 hard drives (second for backup only)
AMD Athlon dual-core 4200+ 64-bit CPU
NVIDIA GeForce 6200 Turbocache video card
Samsung quiet 160GB SATA2 hard drive
ASUS A8V-E SE motherboard with 64-bit support, 3 quiet fans
2 GB DDR-400 memory