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I have an emachines restore XP disk. How can I put XP on my old computer which runs 98se?

I have an emachines restore XP disk. How can I put XP on my old computer which runs 98se?

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Well, you probably can’t. Not with that anyway. A restore disk is just that; a disk to restore the operating system onto a specific machine – it’s not a setup disk. There may also be legal issues involved; it’s not intended as a way to make a copy of the operating system.

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40 comments on “I have an emachines restore XP disk. How can I put XP on my old computer which runs 98se?”

  1. I have an Emachine computer that keeps rebooting but not starting windows xp. It says that the config.sys file is corrupted and then gives me the options to start in various safe modes or last known configuration. Neither works. If I chose last known config, computer locks up. If I choose safe mode, get a bunch of garbage: multidisk(0)blah blah blah. If do nothing in 29 seconds, computer locks up. Does this over and over again. Tried using restore disk, says that its completed restore, but when asked to reboot. Same thing over? Does anyone know the solution to this problem?

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  2. You’ve got to pull the hard drive from the old puter put it in the emachine then run the disc.You may have to format the hard drive first.It ought to work,but you might just lose your 98se.Good luck!

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  3. PLEASE HELP,

    i have an t2245 emachine that is missing restore disk 2. needs to be restored back to factory settings, please help.

    respectfully yours,
    Todd

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  4. PLEASE PLEASE HELP!!

    I need to reset my entire computer…however I now longer have the disc that I got with my puter, can I get a new disc and reset the system?
    If this is not possible, my only option is to throw my e-machines away and buy a Dell!

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  5. I have an emachine that keeps freezing at “name your computer” in the set up of OS. I thought it was the hard drive, but after replacing it, the same thing happens. freezes at the “name your computer screene”. HELP!!!!

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  6. Hi,
    i have an emachine 220. i have formated the my harddrive, i now trying to use the resote cd to instal the system drives.
    I not quite sure to to do this. some help would be gratefuly recieved. thank you very much
    Eric

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  7. have a 320 machine want to format the lot but cant seem to get the disk working to format, just get a blue screen saying currupt or missing files from computer can give you more information if u like

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  8. Dear Sir/Madam,
    I had acquired an e-machine computer through a friend in the States but it is now not working as it is supposed. It is requesting for the SP 1 of the original disc which the one who sold me the computer did not give me. It is an E 3085 model. My technician diagnosed it first for memory which when replaced worked well. But now the three CDs 1-2-3 cant be fomated. It gives the signal as though the harddrive is corrupted.
    Please help otherwise the computer is good for my uses.

    Gasper Lwomile, P.O. Box 9161 Dar es salaam Tanzania, E.Africa

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  9. i have windows xp restore disk that stops on my emachine t2682 on the second disk. what did I do wrong and does anyone have a similar problem?

    can someone help.. the warrenty is long gone.

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  10. i have the emachines 620 it works fine but i tried piigybacking the hard drive for my mate who could not formatt his and it was a load of problems???? dont trust the company they have everything on lock down

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  11. i upgraded my old computer to windoes xp. i no longer have the disk to restore the computer… iwas going to do a compaq restore but i don’t have the windows xp disk either how can i restore and still have windows xp? please help

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  12. hi leo i cant seem to restore my emachines 390 back to factory settins ,the restore discs i have dont work anymore i have used these discs before and they worked but dont seem to work anymore any ideas

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  13. I have an Emachine computer that keeps rebooting but not starting windows xp. It says that the config.sys file is corrupted and then gives me the options to start in various safe modes or last known configuration. Neither works. It tries to load but nothing , keeps restarting. Does this over and over again. Tried using restore disk, says that its completed restore, but when asked to reboot. Same thing over? Does you know the solution to this problem?

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  14. I have an Emachine computer that keeps rebooting but not starting windows xp. It says that the config.sys file is corrupted and then gives me the options to start in various safe modes or last known configuration. Neither works. It tries to load but nothing , keeps restarting. Does this over and over again. Tried using restore disk, says that its completed restore, but when asked to reboot. Same thing over? Does you know the solution to this problem?

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  15. I have an Emachine T1742… I cannot find my restore disk, however do have several others from other emachines I have.. such as T1115 etc… Can i use one of those to install the restore disk?

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  16. Colin—I am having the same problem with mine and was going to buy the recovery disc until I read your post. Now I’m going to take it to a local shop and have them fix it.

    To buy a new recovery disc it is $20.00USD. Because was not in my box when I bought the damn thing. And was supposed to be sent a new one but to date have not received. This machine is under a year old. They just lost my business forever.
    I once I have it fixed I will post for you.

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  17. Hi people,

    I have had problems to restore my 390 back to factory settings using the restore disk. It a bit dated now but the ghost / imaging script that handles the restore process does not account for an additional cd/dvd rom drive. So if you are having problems try swapping to another disk drive.

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  18. i have a compau cpu xp windows was going to restore to org but picked up e machine restore disk install first one 2nd would not go had scratch on it now cant get anywere just keeping for 2nd disk cant even go anywere just blue screen help. found compq dist now wont do them says nut compable with cpu now

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  19. I have an Emachine, and we’re in need of restoration. I have the disks. But when i put it in the original CD drive it won’t recognize it. Is there a way to go around that? I have other cd drives but they’re not installed.

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  20. i have a emachine T-1096. I have the 3 set CD, but it is not working does not restore. I tried the emachine help line. The told me I only need the first 2 discs, then they told me put in disc 1 leave it in. shut the machine off, then turn it on and it should work, It does not work, any real ideas on what to do??

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  21. I have a emachines T3418, I lost the recovery disk so I used a copy of windows xp, I have found the recovery disk that came with the computer and when I try to use it, nothing, I can’t find a application file on the disk, but am I missing?, thank you for you help

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  22. I have never ever had to contact emachines until now…years later. The computer has held up well. I am trying to restore my system due to it being slow now, but I cant figure out how to make the restore cd work. They told me they cant help with a simple question because my warranty has worn out. I informed them I wouldnt purchase with them again if that was the case. I still dont know how to use the restore cd. If anyone knows (and if you can use with a wireless keyboard) let me know.

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  23. ok dennis to use the restore cd press the f10 button that should be the boot menu.. if not check it when your computer starts up cause it should say anyways if you get that then put boot from cdrom and that should do the trick.

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  24. I Installed windows vista home basic on my pc about 9 months ago and now i want to switch back to windows xp media center 2005. Will my Emachines “Windows xp 2005 disk” work? or what do i need to do without having to buy a OEM Disk aka (setup disk)

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  25. I have formated my brothers pc due to a virus and I am now installing XP pro. Where can I find the drivers necessary to get this thing up and running? He doesn’t have the restore disk and I can’t connect to the internet for updates. Thank you for your time and attention.

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  26. I have the emachines T3406 and I need the recovery discs, I’ve call emachines tech support, but to order the discs I have to provide them my credit card number… yea right. They told me to get it from a local computer store, but in their websites doesnt show the discs. Can any one help me telling where can i get the recovery discs?

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  27. I WANT A COMPUTER FROM A SECOND HAND STORE, IT IS USED, BUT THE MAN SAID THERE WAS NO RESTORE DISK WITH IT WHEN HE PURCHASED IT USED , IS THERE ANYWAY I CAN GET AN ORIGINAL RESTORE DISK FOR THE USED COMPUTER, ?

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  28. I have a emachine T2958 I called emachines gave them my card # and they will send the restore disks in 5-7 days .No Problem

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  29. How do I restore my information back on my hard drive when I have used the recovery disk. The disk said that it would erase my hard drive and I want to get my information back that the disk had erased

    The short answer is that you probably cannot. That’s what the recovery software means by “erase your hard disk” – it erases your hard disk. After recovery and installing whatever you’ve re-installed it’s likely that all your old data has been wiped out. Typically this is another reason why regular backups are so incredibly important.

    – Leo
    15-Oct-2008
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  30. you got rid of all the information as soon as you used the restore disk, you should have burned your info. on a cd and then reinstalled it .

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  31. i lost my emachiens recovery disc i took the computer to a guy called charls in uttoxiter staffordshire he got it going again cam computer

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  32. To those needing the original restore discs… I had the same problem with an XP eMachine; eMachine refused to help me because it is considered a “legacy” (read, out-of-warrenty) box. Found http://www.restoredisks.com. They maintain a large library of discs from various makes. I found my model quickly and this will be a BIG savings over purchasing a new copy of Windows.

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  33. i just want to foremat my hard drive but keep my ie
    can this be done??

    No. Reformatting your hard drive erases everything. You’ll then need to reinstall Windows which then includes IE.

    Leo
    17-Sep-2011

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