This is another way I found I could install Linux without the capability of booting from USB or a CD.
You know how it goes...when you need something you figure ways out to get it. It may offer a solution for anyone that is stuck in the same situation I was in - a Windows laptop that won't boot from USB and a dead CD/DVD drive. It is also relatively simple since it's all point and click, but I will say that it is by no means a 100% safe as far as your data is concerned.
It's more of a risky/fun option if you aren't concerned with whether it succeeds or fails and hoses your entire system in the process.
The install took place entirely from within Windows XP with a downloaded ISO image, to place a native gOS/Ubuntu install on the laptop. And no, it's not wubi, it's a real, native install.
Since I am not one for mucking up forums with info people may not want, have a look at the post here for the process I took.
It is a bit long-winded, so if you only want to read the steps taken to do this, scroll down a 1/3 of the page and start from there.
If anyone finds it useful, just let me know and I'll clean up and refine the process for more precision.
Hopefully you find this helpful.