From what you say then, the problem then that I have is simply that I cannot get system to boot from USB?
The only options I have from mint4win.exe are "Demo and full installation", "Install Inside Windows" and "Learn more".
"Install Inside windows" is what I was hoping to avoid and, from the description, is a single drive solution.
"Demo and Full instalation" is what I have selected but, on reboot, it ignores my USB drive and boots straight to Windows XP. If I choose the "Help me boot from CD" reboot option it then tries to unpack the ISO to C:\linuxmint where there is not enough space.
I suppose what I am looking for is a winMintInstall.exe, if there is such a thing or some help on why my USB won't boot into Linuxmint.
Here's my process:
I run Universal-USB-Installer-188.8.131.52.exe from my Win XP Desktop - C:\ although I have also tried running from USB
After agreeing to the terms I select the Linux Mint 14 distro - now located on my share Z:\
I then select my USB drive - F:\ (selecting to reformat and allowing 100mb for persistent file)
This leaves me with a system and install on my USB.
I then view the USB files, run F:\mint4win.exe and select the "Demo and Full installation" option using "reboot now" when asked.
During the reboot I check my setup and make sure I have USB boot priority (USB-FDD then USB-ZIP then CDROM) and DISABLE Hard Drive to try force the issue.
The system runs through memory check and complains about no boot disk.
I reboot again, enabling the Hard drive, and it boots straight to Windows XP.
Can anyone see where I'm going wrong with this?