Update: I finally cracked my Windows 7 computer and got my admin privileges back. Now I have a phone rooting computer.
The basic problem was that I had forgotten my admin password and couldn't do anything as root. Also, I don't have the install CD.
I had to find the image online buried in a repo somewhere. Then I had to DL a program called 'Rufus' to make a stick that would boot a Windows OS...something special that Rufus (and a few other programs) does that makes something say 'this is a Windows install'.
I had to take all this stuff over to my mom's computer and make the bootable USB sticks there because I cannot run Rufus without an admin password. Also, Rufus is a .exe and will not run on Linux.
The boot stick was successful and I was able to use the product key on the bottom of the laptop to reinstall a fresh copy and set a new password.
Now to get back to running some rooting software tests...