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Some emachines models have a generic manual on the www.emachines.com web site (choose your country top right) in Customer Care - Support Documents, or similar, but apparently not this model .
Most computers display a line early in the boot "Press xxx key to enter Setup" or similar, but some only display that when you boot from Windows off, or after you Shut Down Windows and boot again - they don't display it when you Restart Windows.
Apparently, a search on the web finds it's probably either F1 or F2.
Press the key repeatedly, don't hold it down, while you see the " "Press xxx key to enter Setup" line, or press the key repeatedly, don't hold it down, starting right after you hear the mboard beep once early in the boot.
"It will not work with the recovery disk."
The optical drive has to be working properly.
It must be able to read the type of disk - e.g. you can't read a DVD in a CDrom or CD burner (only) drive. If it's a copy or a burned CD, other than a CD-R or a DVD-R disk may not read properly in a drive it was not made in.
The CD must be clean, and the laser lens on the drive should be clean.
Use a laser lens cleaning CD in the drive. If you don't have one, most places that sell CDs and DVDs have them - even some "dollar" stores have them.
The boot order or similar setting in the bios must have a CD or optical drive before the bootable hard drive, in order for you to be able to boot from a bootable disk in an optical drive. It doesn't necessarily have to be listed first, as long as it is before the hard drive. Save bios settings.
If you have more than one optical drive, many bioses will only boot a bootable disk when it's in one of them. In that case, try inserting the bootable disk in the other drive, or, go into the bios and find the list of optical drives - it's often near the boot order settings, or similar - and makethe drivev you want to boot adisk from the first one in the list. Save bios settings.
If the bios boot order or similar settings are correct, you should see "Press a key to boot from CD" or similar early in the boot - press the key while that line is on the screen - usually you have no more than 5 seconds to do that.
When you're running a Recovery disk procedure, or running an operating system installtion disk, press the key to boot from the disk ONLY for the first boot - the recovery disk or operating system disk will boot automatically if it needs to.