Duly noted. Thanks!
Shaktiman is not the person I'm referring to. There was a slim possibility this person might be you.
I was able to transfer all files to the other computer but couldn't open any Office/Word files without activating a free trial version of Office 365.
I do have that option though, if I should need to access these files... so, me no worry.
I plan to delete all files on the thumb-drive before I download a Linux OS to it--because it's only 2 GB and I don't want to run the risk that I many run out of drive space. I don't have any blank DVDs available to me at present, therefore I will attempt to download directly to thumb-drive.
Now it's time to move on to the next step... I just hope there's no steep/high cliffs in my path...
Oh, you will need to go through a special process when you put Linux onto that USB drive. You can't just put the ISO file on there like any other and have it work. See, the ISO contains an entire filesystem full of Linux system and installation files. The ISO needs to be "restored" to that USB drive.
Here is an easy way to do this. Red Hat, makers of Fedora Linux, offer a utility for Linux, Mac OS and Windows that will do this for you easily. You can download the Windows version and run it right on your Windows 7 system. Link: https://mbriza.fedor...usb-creator.zip
There are instructions available here: https://developers.r...usb-boot-media/
However, rather than choose a Fedora "flavor", you will select the Custom OS option at this screen after you run it:
Then you select the ISO of Linux Mint that you downloaded (use the copy on your system drive, not on the USB if you have already copied it there), and have it do its thing with that USB drive. The result will be a bootable USB drive.
P.S. That will erase the USB drive in the process, so it won't matter what files you have on there when you start; they will be overwritten. It is a good thing you have that other backup!
Edited by Thoth, 07 September 2017 - 07:50 PM.