You know what never has technical difficulties? Books.
Perhaps you should relax with a book. : )
Get Daemon Tools and burn the cds, if it was something like Sims 2 I would know everything. Just keep in mind if the game needs a serial code it might not work because some cds need a certain serial code, so it will take forever to find out.
I had the same problem. Luckily, my father has a super old computer with barely any updates, so I didn't have to upload/upgrade/unzip/install/download anything to get my thing to work.
Hey EP is all about feelings, you might want to try a more technical forum PLUS you asked for a "genius" if I recall correctly. That took out most of us ...if not all :/