I keep having so many problems. Here are some of the problems: I have lost all of the USB ports. When I try to reinstall the drivers by deleting them from the Device Manager, they do not reinstall, like they are supposed to when I reboot. I also recently lost some of my Java functionability. Java works fine on some websites - i.e. I can load and play games on games.yahoo.com, but I cannot load games on www.pogo.com. I have read the suggested fixes that Pogo gives, but they are not working to "fix" my Java. I don't think the Java is corrupted. In fact, the Pogo games were working fine, up until I did a disk cleanup. Apparently, I inadvertently deleted something, but this HAS NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE with disk cleanup.
The eMachines techs think it's just another instance of problems with my Windows system. I have had to restore my computer to an earlier time in the last month because of viruses. I'm 99.9% sure all the viruses and malware are gone. I have done several online checks with Panda, Trend Housecall and Symantec. I have the Trend Antispyware application that I run daily. I also had to reinstall my Norton Internet Security because it had stopped working. Luckily, AVG found a worm!
I have been backing up files like crazy because I realize that I must do a fulll system restore. I tried to do the full restore a few days ago, but then found that my first restore disk wasn't working, either!!! I contacted eMachines, and they claimed that I could still do a restore without a working restore disk. They gave me instructions - something about FDISK. I don't have much confidence in their suggestions, however, since for so long they have been suggesting a full system restore. Usually a chat goes something like this: "I have a problem with x,". Their response is: "Well you could do x or do a full system restore." They have been giving this advice since the computer was 6 months old!!
I really just want to know if I can do a full system restore without a working restore disk? I can provide the instructions for doing the full system restore that they gave me, if necessary.