I am new here & should say, that having read widely on the forum, it is clear that my level of know how must rate as low.
I am a PC user, & only attempt diagnosis or repair as & when needed. I know from experience that I must keep things simple.
My OS is XP Pro with SP3 with all udates, security patches etc.
1 GHz P3 CPU, 512 Mb RAM, Intel MB D815EEA, 40GB int HD, 320 Gb ext HD, Asus & Sony CD/DVD burners.
Attempting a complete HD re-format & new XP install; I discovered that neither CD reader would read without fault my original, legit, & apparently undamaged XP install CD.
After multiple attempts I eventually got XP loaded & apparently working without obvious faults.
Then I discovered the ongoing agony of multiple sequential dwwnlds from MS of SP1,2 & 3 plus about 350 updates.
All of this was attended work so I just had to sit there, it took ages even on cable.
Then I realised that at any time MS might choose "not to support" (maybe after release of OS 7) & if I wanted the dwnlds then I would be in trouble!!
Next during reinstall of the various programs I use, I found again serious difficulty reading my original Office 2000 CD's, again legit, & apparently undamaged. Office 2000 is "no longer supported", tough!!
Now my Asus CD/DVD burner is brand new & the Sony is about 3 years old, using a trial version of CD/DVD Diagnostic I see that both cannot read data files without some "hard errors".
It's becoming clear to me that the combination of older CD's & unreliable hardware is likely to rob me soon of my OS, although admittedly MS did offer a new XP CD for around $40 but without SP3.
So what I would like to do is:
1) Make an install disc for XP with all the update material included.
It can be a "cut down" version in English only if that helps the process, but it must install with no more complexity than the original XP CD.
Ideally I would like to see a substantially "unattended install", or at least limit the attendance to a few minutes at the start & finish.
Better still in view of CD &/or DVD read error possibilities I'd prefer to install from my external HD or even a memory stick.
2) Make an Office 2000 CD copy on my HD that can be used to reinstall O2K.
Is this a disc image issue & if so how simple can it be kept, I will be doing this sort of thing only rarely I hope.
Before asking for help to accomplish this I should ask how others deal with what I assume must be a reasonably common problem, & if the objective is achievable with modest skill levels?