I decided I had enough and backed up the really important stuff to my laptop before installing the restore discs. After an hour of that I tried rebooting and the stupid emachines "welcome" menu came up. I got as far as the "name your computer" screen and it just stopped. It would not proceed. I have a copy of 2000pro so I figured what could it hurt and installed that, wiping the drive first. It installed and worked fine, so I figured that since the drive is clear now I can install XP again....same problem. I gets to the same spot and will not proceed. My guess is that there is a problem with one of the discs. Unforuneatly it is bundled software so I can't just call Microsoft and get a new disc.
Am I off base? Anybody have any other ideas, I've gotten used to XP and don't really want to go back to 2000.