Laptop from my work has WIN 7 Enterprise, but I have no admin rights on it and under no circumstances I would change partitions. It does boot from USB. As I want to use Linux on a regular basis while at home, and I need it to be fast and reliable (also on Win 7 side - so Windows won't crash), could you please tell me: how to make a frugal installation in a Win 7 folder with booting from USB stick .
I am aware that one can install full Linux on a USB, but it wears out USB memory and probably is not that fast as system operating on a HDD. I've imagined that only core system components and HDD mounting loads from USB stick, but the rest functions on HDD under Win 7. Is it possible with any distro?