The install worked great! There were some issues with GRUB at first.To boot into Mint I had to go to Windows Boot Menu (Mint was not given as an option) then exit, which started GRUB and from there both os were visible. Once I installed all the Mint updates this problem was solved.
Now I just need to learn my way around Linux.
Thanks so much for this informative thread and all the help everyone gave me.
Still hoping to become a former Windows user