I'm not sure where else to post this question ... I purchased my eMachine about 4 years ago, and was told there were inherent differences between an eMachine and a PC. I need to reformat my hard drive but no longer have my rescue discs. I just requested a brand new rescue disc be postal mailed to me, and they no longer have those available for retail.
So ... are there REALLY big differences between eMachines and PC's or was I given a load of crap by the salesman? I do have an XP re-installation CD available to me, but obviously it's not in my best interest to go ahead and reformat my hard drive and then not have any kind of back up for my operation system.
eMachines are pieces of junk, they rarely last more than three years on the original hardware. The scary thing is eMachines is part of Gateway which is now part of Acer, the third largest PC manufacturer in the world after HP and Dell, and they still sell eMachines with substandard bits in them.
Rescue CDs are typically only available while the machine is and this is common practice amongst all big manufacturers. An XP CD will do the same job but you'll have to download all your drivers from the eMachines website.