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An emachine's or any manufacturer's restore disk isn't enough to install Windows from scratch, especially on another manufacturer's machine.

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

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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Leo Leo A. Notenboom has been playing with computers since he was required to take a programming class in 1976. An 18 year career as a programmer at Microsoft soon followed. After "retiring" in 2001, Leo started Ask Leo! in 2003 as a place for answers to common computer and technical questions. More about Leo.

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40 Comments
Felicia
July 20, 2004 9:34 AM

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?

Kevin
August 9, 2004 11:47 AM

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!

Todd
November 15, 2004 11:29 AM

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

Bob
September 15, 2005 8:57 AM

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!

Leo
September 15, 2005 4:34 PM

That would be this article: http://ask-leo.com/i_dont_have_an_installation_cd_for_windows_xp_what_if_i_need_one.html

mrst
November 9, 2005 7:06 PM

if you want to put xp on your computer but keep 98se try a windows upgrade, but make a back up of your system befoe you do the upgrade.

John
November 16, 2005 1:42 PM

If I use your cd to format my hard drive will permately remove and data that was originally there so that it cant be recoved.

blade
February 1, 2006 12:11 PM

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!!!!

Eric Saha
February 5, 2006 5:34 AM

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

James
February 14, 2006 8:28 AM

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

Gasper Lwomile
June 19, 2006 8:02 AM

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

xp
July 2, 2006 10:57 AM

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.

Sam
July 10, 2006 4:14 PM

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

lee
August 17, 2006 8:35 AM

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

michael
November 10, 2006 3:21 AM

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

Allen
November 27, 2006 4:41 PM

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?

LINDA COONRADT
January 18, 2007 5:31 AM

I AM USING 98SE, I WOULD LIKE TO UPGRADE TO XP. IS IT SAFE TO TRY AND INSTALL? I HAVE 64 RAM CAN I USE XP? TY..

Leo Notenboom
January 18, 2007 9:04 AM

64Meg of RAM is not enough for XP. You need at least 128Meg, and preferably more.

colin
February 10, 2007 12:20 PM

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?

JG
February 26, 2007 11:09 AM

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?

ToriW
August 2, 2007 4:22 PM

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.

Chris
August 28, 2007 10:21 AM

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.

PAUL DRUTAROVSKY
December 13, 2007 4:48 PM

I need help to restore my computer drives to get aol games I was told I need to buy one where do I go Can I have emachine telephone number where I CAN ORDER ONE

joe lane
January 25, 2008 8:27 AM

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

Danae
February 13, 2008 8:26 AM

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.

vi maz
February 23, 2008 5:02 PM

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??

Dennis
March 28, 2008 7:12 AM

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

Lea
March 30, 2008 5:13 PM

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.

Michael
April 1, 2008 8:20 AM

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.

Thomas Gigandet
April 18, 2008 6:43 PM

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)

Jeff Starnes
July 14, 2008 12:21 PM

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.

Albert
August 14, 2008 1:42 PM

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?

cindy godat
September 6, 2008 3:10 PM

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, ?

jerome braun
October 9, 2008 2:51 PM

I have a emachine xp t2958 do i need a restore disk tks jb

jerome braun
October 13, 2008 2:55 PM

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

Allison Joyner
October 14, 2008 7:18 PM

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

jerome braun
October 15, 2008 8:45 AM

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 .

dave
February 15, 2009 6:35 AM

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

Andrew
August 12, 2009 6:44 AM

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 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.

bob needi
September 15, 2011 2:49 PM

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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