Adventures in Installing Mint on Windows XP

Started with 5 laptops, 2 are windows XP. Using a thumb drive that has Mint and have successfully installed Mint on 2 other laptops with this thumb drive.

The first XP BIOS did not have a way to toggle to accept the thumb drive. So, my plan is burn a copy down the road on a CD as this is the only means of installing. But, I may run into the problem below.

The second XP did allow BIO reconfigure to allow the thumb drive (in BIOS, toggle down to computer and open, then hit F5 or F6 to flip which install - the thumb drive has to be in your computer). Once it started, F8 and choose the thumb drive to install Mint! But, it only installs till it gets to a certain point that reads:

[ 2.080167] —[ end Kernel panic - not syncing: No working init found. Try passing init= option to kernel. See Linux Documentation/admin-guide/init.rst for guidance. ]—

Any suggestions? Or, should I use a CD instead of thumb drive or a different Distro?