Hello, I am posting this in the hope that:
A) that it will help those new to Linux
B) that this topic will become sticky (even though I am new to this forum
So, this is how to install Mint4Win. You have 2 options, both of which involve installing software.Method 1 (for Windows XP and above)
1) First off, download the Linux Mint ISO as usual (DVD or CD, it does not matter)
2) Then install a piece of software called Daemon Tools (just search Google). The Lite version is free forever.
3) Start up Daemon Tools and wait for it to configure itself (sometimes it does this automatically after the reboot, and also ensure you have rebooted before doing this!)
4) In your system tray (near the time) there should be an white icon with a blue lightning bolt. Right click it and click "Mount 'n' Drive Manager".
5) Click on the disc with the plus icon next to it and locate the ISO you downloaded earlier.
6) The ISO should appear in the list above. Drag it to the drive below the list (it really doesn't matter which one)
7) Now once it has "mounted" the image go to Computer (or My Computer for those of you running Windows XP) and you should see "Install Linux Mint".
8 ) Double click on Install Linux Mint and open mint4win. The installer will guide you through the rest.Method 2 (for Windows 98 and above)
1) Download the Linux Mint ISO (doesn't matter which one)
2) Install a piece of software called 7-Zip (it's free, just Google it, also no rebooting needed
3) Open up 7-Zip File Manager from your Start menu.
4) Go to Tools then Options.
5) Click Select All, then OK.
6) Close out of 7-zip and find your downloaded ISO file. Double click it (7-zip will pop up, that's OK)
7) Minimize 7-zip (we won't be needing that until step 8 ) and make a folder on your desktop. I don't care what you name it
8 ) Go back to 7-zip and select all of the files inside. Drag them to your new folder.
9) WAIT. The speed could vary depending on the speed of your system. It took about 2 minutes to do it on a single core CPU with Windows 7.
10) Now enter your new folder and open up Mint4Win. (you can close 7-zip now
) Again, the installer will guide you through everything.
Thanks for reading this tutorial, hope I helped, and enjoy Linux Mint.
P.S. Any Ubuntu users reading this can do the same with their ISOs except opening Wubi instead of mint4win.
P.P.S You might also consider checking the MD5Sum of the ISO you downloaded, just for safety.
P.P.P.S The OEM ISO will NOT work for this procedure!