You should have them from your first install that should work, if not some emachines have a recovery section on the hard drive already that should allow you to re install your WinXP OS at least to factory origanal any time you want to Hope that is of some help to you. Thank you
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some pc's have a recovery option when you first turn it on, maybe by pressing F11. This will give you an option to restore to factory settings. Follow the instructions. If you don't have a recovery option you may be able to buy the recovery discs from the pc manufacturer.
If the pc doesn't have the recovery options, you need to reinstall windows from the windows disc. If you don't have a windows disc you will need to buy one from your local retailer or on-line store. Most pc's that don't have recovery discs will prompt you to make them when you first turn the machine on.
Use the following steps to recover the computer from the Windows XP desktop:
Backup files from the My Documents folder and from other folders you may have created.
all connected devices (such as the Personal Media Drive, USB drives,
printer, and fax), remove media from drives, and remove any recently
added internal hardware. Do not disconnect the monitor, keyboard, mouse,
and power cord.
From the Windows XP desktop, click Start
, All Programs
, and then one of the following options:
The following options are for HP computers. Compaq computers will have similar options (for example, Compaq Tools).
, and then HP PC System Recovery
, hp pavilion pc tools
, and hp pc system recovery
PC Help & Tools
, and then HP PC System Recovery
A recovery Welcome screen appears.
to continue the recovery process.
The computer restarts to the recovery program. If another welcome screen is displayed, click OK
Select one of the following procedures, depending on which recovery type you want to perform:
To perform a system recovery, click Next
, and then click Yes
To perform a destructive recovery, click Advanced
, (select Destructive Recovery
) and then click Next
A destructive recovery will format the hard drive. This will delete all
the information on the hard drive and reinstall Windows XP and the
original software that came with the computer.
Read and respond to each window and screen that appears.
the System Recovery is complete, the computer restarts and continues
into Windows setup. Complete the setup screens and wait until the PC
finishes the setup.
may take a long time to complete Windows setup. This time varies and
may take over several hours. Recovery times are most affected by using
recovery discs that were ordered from HP and/or the amount of files that
were stored in the user account folders (for example, My Documents and
Most HP and Compaq desktop PCs that ship with Windows Vista and XP do not come
with recovery discs. Instead, they use a partition on the hard drive. To
access a hard drive recovery, turn on the computer and repeatedly press F11 until a recovery window opens. If your
computer originally came with Windows XP or earlier, press F10 to enter recovery.
If you bought the computer new and did not receive a recovery disc with it then the recovery software can be reinstalled from a hidden drive built into the computer. The steps for re-installation:
Restart the computer
When the eMachines logo appears on the screen, press the Alt and F10 keys repeatedly.
When prompted with a boot screen, hit the Enter key.
After the system recovery program has loaded, follow the prompts to reinstall the operating system.
If you bought the computer used try the above method. If that fails then it came with a recovery disc but you didn't get it with the computer. The only thing you can do is contact eMachines support for help or purchase a new copy of Windows and reinstall it with that. I hope this helps. If not and you need any help with reinstalling a new version of windows please let me know.
The issue you are having involves using multiple systems,...If your emachine came with vistan and you installed xp, you voided your warranty status...However remove your dual boot and stick to vista if you wanna keep your restore partition working properly.....On a side note theres usually conflict with running OEM OS's on dual boot...typically it doesnt work and if it does it doesnt work like you want it to! so here is what you can do..Call Emachine up and fib to them a bit (just alittle) tell them that you cought a nasty bug and it messed with your restore partition and now you cant restore your pc....request the factory programing discs (if you ask nicely they'll hook you up 99.99% of the time) you get the discs so you can reprogram the pc to factory spec if you ever wanted to. Now use a retail version of vista and a retail version of xp. and create your dual boot, feel free to remove your restore partition if you want (cause you have the factory programing discs if you wanna go back to stock stuff YAY) I hope this helps!
If you can boot go to safe mode using F8, see if you can do system restore from start/programs/accessories/system tools.
If you cannot boot, or system restore does not work you need to reinstall Windows, either using recovery CD from Acer, or generic Windows disk. In last case you will need to reinstall driver after installing windows. If you do not format hard disk or delete partition, you will be able to recover your data (documents, pictures, music, desktop contacts etc) after installing Windows.