[QUOTE=jc836;2113735]IF your machine has a SATA Hard DRive-then you will need to slipstream the SATA drivers onto a copy of WIN XP. Other than that, I agree that the install of a ‘legal’ copy of either XP Home or Pro will only force you to find all of the machine’s drivers. Then again Windows does have the ability to go ont he WEB and find many of them for you. This last solution requires that the NIC/Ethernet drivers be install (usually from the Windows CD).
We had a situation where eMachine admitted that they had built a group of machines incorretly as to drive letters. The solution was FREE-a replacement CD under warranty. I was able to remove all of the bloatware without any issues.
My newest email from them, a couple of hours ago, said many things, I will paraphrase a few here " mark, the copy of windows home edition that is installed on your computerr is proprietary to us…you cannot install another copy of windows any version with out violationing the original warranty etc. etc, you cannot remove the d:\ partition…etc., … no copy of windows will install without the original oembios.sys, oembios.inf, oembios,bin etc. …" I have several copies of windows from dell, hp, and an original 1 and 1a winxp that I could build from. It is unfortunate that I and many others have to put up with the craziness from many OEM manufacturers. This is actually going to court to seek certification for class action. It is far more complicated, I would have been willing to leave it alone if they would have just supplied a winxp home cd but no…and since all of the winxp cds I have except the oldest one were made for different oem products and have oem folders on the disk, I would have to somehow build one and i have had no luck in slipstreaming with nlite and I cannot figure out iso builder, which seems the most viable solution. You guys would not believe some of the stupidity that emachines employees mailed back to me in response. and I would have to add the drivers as well, some how. Or buy another install from the closet store, Target, Officemax, office depot or Kmart etc. I have home on this recovery dvd/cd but it wont boot and never has and emachines has always denied responsibility, from day one. and it is the same when trying to boot to the recovery console/ partition. It does not work. I have thought many hours about the different programs that allow the building of a cd, nlite will not be able to recover from this restore dvd and I can not get enough assistance in english to use xp- iso builder, no spamming intended, reference only, I would be willing to purchase another program if it could assist me in making a cd by recovering from this system dvd. well, I do not know what else to do, and I will not argue with these people anymore. By the way, emachines said that there is something in the bios that prevents the active recovery partition D:\ from being removed. again, I think this is poo-doo but I do not have enough knowledge to really make a decision one way or the other, but it sounds like a bunch of crap to me.