Honestly, Linux Mint is my favorite Linux distribution. Every piece of hardware I have ever thrown at it has worked out-of-the box without additional drivers. Linux Mint with Xfce is quite lightweight and responsive on the somewhat older and under powered hardware I have a tendency to accumulate and use.
Anyway, to add to my previous post, Linux Mint Saves the Day, I wrote that post immediately after setting up the Live USB and watching a few things from YouTube and Netflix. Unfortunately it was not after I booted to the flash drive a second time. You see, the Linux Mint Live USB does NOT have persistent storage. What I had initially done to setup the machine for watching Netflix was completely gone, thrown into the bit-bucket, fed to the monster of system confusion. In short, making changes to a Linux Mint Live USB installation will NOT be saved for the next time you start a computer from that Live USB.
So, first thing I did was order a cheap little 250GB drive from NewEgg. Cost only about $20 I think. Anyway, while waiting for delivery, I researched the problem. Oh, there are many interesting looking instructions on how to create a Linux Mint Live USB with persistent storage. Unfortunately most of these solutions looked to be a bit complex and involved and even somewhat confusing.
Then, I thought of it... Another flash drive... Just install Linux Mint from the Live CD to the empty flash drive! Now... this is SLOW. I sat there for nearly two hours while it installed. And the resulting Linux Mint install on the USB is equally slow but does work.
So... the solution: install from Linux Mint Live USB to an empty USB. My recommendation: spend a little more than the cost of a USB drive, buy an inexpensive hard drive and install there.
** BASIC DISCLAIMER
Don't know if this solution will work in all cases.
I used Linux Mint 18.1 "Serena".
My computer had USB 2, not 3 or some other faster, better interface.
Some other things I can't think of at the moment.