Hmmm .. I would expect at least puppy to boot, and probably WattOS.
If you have bad memory, that could definitely explain things .. try running a memory testing application.
(a dying CD drive/burner could also explain things)
As could the speed you used for burning the disks (see below) .. What speed were you burning the disks in Active@iso burner ?
Maybe you should check the MD5 checksums of the downloaded ISO images before burning to check they downloaded properly
To do this, download this (free) application to the windows PChttp://www.md5summer.org/md5v12011.zip
unzip it, and use it to generate the MD5 hash for the ISO image .. then check it against the MD5 checksum published at the distros download page.
Help page for the MD5 application can be found here:http://www.md5summer.org/help.html
Might also be worth trying ImgBurn to burn the ISO's ..
And ImgBurn to burn the ISO image to disk (CD or DVD):http://download.imgburn.com/SetupImgBurn_188.8.131.52.exe
Tutorial for burning an ISO image to CD/DVD with ImgBurn here:http://neosmart.net/wiki/display/G/Burning+ISO+Images+with+ImgBurnHint
- On the second picture, where it saysWrite Speed: MAX
Change it toWrite Speed: X4
I'm still not sure what you mean by not knowing what to do with the unzipped files .. what files ?
Maybe it would be easier if you post a link to the zip file you're having problems with.