Long story short, had to reformat the disk and re-reinstall Windows after reinstalling it and trying to add Linux Mint to my system. Worked really great until Vista told me I was at the maximum number of partitions...and I want to completely reorganize, so I need disk partitions.
Everything's working great so far though, I've reinstalled roughly 75% of my programs (they're mostly open-source so it's easy enough) and started reorganizing. going to burn some stuff to DVDs as well to clean up some stuff I haven't used in years, haha
Will hopefully be able to finish cleaning up and reorganizing today, so I'll maybe work a bit on my NES project :D