XP re-installation

By bruce ·
A friend just wiped his son's hard drive and tried to re-install XP (using the original installation disks) on an E-machine system with no luck.

E-machines won't send him re-installation disks because the computer is older than 2004.

I think his problem is that he had to replace the motherboard a couple of years ago and now his disks don't recognize the "new" computer.

Is there any way he can re-install XP using the original installation disks?


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Well, what happens when he tries to use the originals?

by ThumbsUp2 In reply to XP re-installation

He might need SATA drivers just to get the old install disks to recognize there is a hard drive.

So, what happens when he attempts to use those old installation disks?

We can't help if we don't know what's happening.

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More info...

by bruce In reply to Well, what happens when h ...

After re-installation of Windows XP Home and rebooting, the computer stops and displays a screen saying there is a problem opening Windows. That screen offers about six options (including Safe Mode, Safe Mode with command prompt, etc.).

None of these options works! The computer just locks up.

Re: your query about SATA drivers, this computer is more than 4 years old so it only has an IDE drive.

Hope this helps.


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Recovery Disk not XP Disk

by willcomp In reply to XP re-installation

eMachines usually furnished recovery disk(s) that reinstalled a factory image complete with drivers. Since mobo has been changed, XP installation does not recognize hardware.

If you have or can borrow a standard OEM copy of XP Home a repair install will take care of the hardware changes.

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Recovery Disk not XP Disk

by bruce In reply to Recovery Disk not XP Disk

Thanks! I'll get him to try this.


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