I'm in you time zone, and will be watching for you success story.
Well, here it is some time a lot later than I thought I would be working on this. I decided to wait for Celena and then do the install onto my Gateway lapatop. I've now had her up and running for three days and, except for a couple of situations with typos in setting up Thunderbird, all seems to be running fine. The whole process took about 35 minutes from the time I booted the LiveCD until I was able to reboot and see the GRUB choices I had. Default is, of course, Mint with kernel something-or-other, another Mint choice, some type of 'Other' choice, Windows XP and another choice. Mint will boot if you leave it go, of course.
Windows works as well as Windows ever works and it doesn't seem to have been affected by this change in any way. I really like the fact that Celena boots in about a third the time Windows does.
This message is being done on my laptop in Celena.
My only concern is that I have no functioning printer attached to Celena. There is a thread in the Printing sub-section on the forum concerning the installation of my Canon Pixma iP4200. With the responses that I've received, I hope to have it connected to Celena later this week.
Cassandra is still running on my desktop computer and awaiting installation of a number of 'upgrades', again. I'll get around to doing that, sometime...
Thanks to all in the forum for your encouraging words and am very pleased that Celena/Mint installed so easily. It was a great feeling to succeed!