Mr Mojito wrote:E) all with only using an 2gb USB stick and the LMint7 ISO file
Also I'd like to do all of this without a CD-rom drive. I have a T61 thinkpad with a BIOS that lets the comp search for OS's in "+usb HDD", which I'm assuming will let me boot/install from a thumb drive(I've already programed it to look there first).
If I have to clean my entire HDD and reinstall everything, I have the XP CD and have backed up everything, but I'd prefer to avoid that route. all that stuff is at my house (CD/CDROM drive), far away from where I currently am.
Welcome to the world of mint, Mr Mojito!
Since you seem to have backed things up already, I'm not 100% sure how else the 2Gb mem-stick will help you.
If you wanted to use it on its own, to experiment with Linux, then 2Gb may end up being a bit tight for space once you load a few programs onto it, to check them out. Even with an 8Gb stick, you can quite easily end up with little free space with all of the goodies available, but 2Gb is certainly still usable when using a bit of restraint.
Just a thought...