Stick it into your drive while windows is running.
It will ask you if you want to install Mint inside windows
Do it, it will ask how much space to use.
Continue through the setup.
Restart your computer, choose Mint from the menu screen you get.
When you are sick of it, fire up windows, go to add/remove programs. And uninstall Linux Mint.
Wow, mint guys really make that simple don't they? I haven't set up a dual boot in years, got no reason to run windows.
Yeah, you really don't need to use virtual machines anymore. And doing it this way means it gets full access to hardware, so you can game on it if you want to. Only hard drive access is slowed because it has to use a virtual drive, and then run through NTFS on Windows. But the performance impact is minor and wouldn't affect frame rates.
He who stumbles around in darkness with a stick is blind. But he who... sticks out in darkness... is... fluorescent! - Brother Silence
Wow, that's really cool. I never found dual-boots to be any trouble anyway because even if GRUB installs itself by default you can easily go back to BCD and you can set the time-out at your boot selection screen to be near-instant. But your way is obviously way better.
As a lifelong Windows user who switched to Linux in college, enjoy the experience. I only ever keep Windows around now for gaming and Netflix. Linux is just that much superior in pretty much every aspect.