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[–] TheRealMaestro [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I suspected that I should boot Linux from a USB instead, and it is good that my suspicions were confirmed before I attempted anything. I found already sundry on-line sources over how to create a bootable USB, and shall keep your advice to also prepare a back-up of Windows 10. I already have a 2000-gigabyte portable hard drive that I use to keep my personal files, with ample free space. Your advice is invaluable.

Could you please confirm that I can indeed prepare the USB drive using the .iso file that I have already downloaded and saved to the hard drive?

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[–] lllllllllll 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I use YUMI. You just have to select the iso you downloaded and which drive to put it on.

Here are the official instructions on how to install Mint on your hard drive. Start on page 13.

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[–] NotToBeContrarian 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Your primary guide talks about Mint 9, currently Mint is 18.1. The guide also uses the 32bit version and I bet your Win 10 laptop is 64bit. What's the name of the iso?

Is this it this one?

https://www.linuxmint.com/edition.php?id=228