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By Windowssucks ยท 7 replies
May 2, 2006
  1. First off my computer (emachine T2642) suddenly quit on me. So since there was no power i replaced the power supply (from emachines website). So computer still wouldn't work so the only other thing that it could be was the motherboard. I replaced it with a compatable motherboard, so now my computer would turn on. But it boots me up to a screen that says windows shut down unexpectedly and there are four options to start up windows. But none of them work, they all lead to a reboot or I get the message /windows/system32/config/system is missing or corrupt. I try to use the restore cd's that contain the windows xp that came with my computer when i bought it. It goes through the whole process of restoring the OS, all 3 CD's and then i reboot to accept the changes. Well it still gives me the error message that i wrote above after running the restore CD's. So i thought that maybe the HD was bad, i go out and but a new Hard drive and replace the old one, try running the system restore cds after the computer prompts me to put in a system disk when i boot up the first time, and i get the same error after running the cd's and reboot. The CD's are spotless, not scratched or anything and i have used the CD's once before shortly after i bought the computer to clean it up. But this is where i am stuck now, where can i go from here. Thanks for any help u can provide.
  2. connerwayne

    connerwayne TS Rookie Posts: 46

    sounds like youve had quite a nightmare with this Emachine! I think the culprit for your OS issues is the mobo... if you install a new mobo, you need to install a fresh installation of the OS. This is due to the differences in chipsets and onboard devices. I think the 3CD set that you have is specifically designed for the previous hardware configuration. I dont know how your restore cd's work, because I've never bought an EMachine, but I think that they are not going to work... You may have to purchase a retail copy of XP.

    Good Luck!
  3. Windowssucks

    Windowssucks TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thats what i thought might be the problem, just didn't want to go out an pay $200 bucks for another copy of windows. Do you think i can call up Microsoft and see if i can get a copy from them, i mean i already paid for the windows xp when i bought the computer. Just really frustrated right now with this P.O.S
  4. connerwayne

    connerwayne TS Rookie Posts: 46

    Its worth a shot, but not likely. I think that EMachines probably get a better deal when they limit the installation to that specific hardware group. Is there a way to install ONLY the OS with those restore CD's? Or do you need to install all drivers, etc at the time of install?

  5. gmuser2006

    gmuser2006 TS Rookie Posts: 37

    Run memtest86+ to see if your PC has bad RAM.

    Does your system have more than 1 stick of RAM? Can you run the restore with only one stick of memory installed in the system?
  6. Windowssucks

    Windowssucks TS Rookie Topic Starter

    no you can't just load the OS. So I just ordered a copy of Windows xp home. Now just one more question, do i have to reformat the drive and how do i go about doing it.
  7. nickc

    nickc TechSpot Paladin Posts: 923   +11

    when u get the new cd all u will have to do is boot from it and at the point where it asks u if u want to reinstall windows just press any key then do as ask with/at every question...
  8. Windowssucks

    Windowssucks TS Rookie Topic Starter

    cool, thanks for the help guys.
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