|If you want to be able to run a program that worked fine in XP but that won't work in Windows 7, your best bet is to install a virtual machine program in Windows 7.|
E.g. Microsoft's freeware Virtual PC 2007 is apparently a virtual machine program that works well.
However, as far as I know, you need an XP CD to do that.
(I DO know that if you want to run a program that will not run in 2000 or higher but it runs fine in 98SE, you must install 98SE (or ME) in Virtual PC 2004.)
You install a virtual machine program in Windows 7, then install XP in that virtual machine program, then install the program that works fine in XP but not in Windows 7 in XP in that virtual machine program.
Emachines computers NEVER come with Recovery disks when they're new, but some installations have a program already installed by emachines with which you are supposed to make a Recovery disk set while Windows is working fine.
Did you or someone make such a set ?
Or, the Recovery disk set can probably be bought either from the emachines web site...
Check for Recovery disk availability -
Accessory store - Purchase Accessories, eRecovery CD's....
OR, if they no longer have that, try here:
If they don't list your exact model, if you contact them, they MAY be able to provide you with them - e.g. the same disks may be used for several or many models made by the brand at about the same time.
(If you CAN buy the Recovery disk set from one of those three web sites, at least some of them allow you to download the files to make the set as soon as your online payment clears.)
There are two types of Recovery disk sets I've seen when the brand name system computer had XP on it originally.
For the first type, the one I've seen the most, except when the computer originally had a (XP) MCE 200x version on it , the first disk in the set is an "XP Home (or Pro) Spx Re-installation CD " or similar .
If you have that CD, it can be used the same way as a regular XP CD, but probably ONLY for the computer model it came with, or one of a small group of models made at about the same time by the same brand name system builder.
When you examine the contents of that disk in Windows Explorer, that CD has files and folders that are almost all identical to those found on a regular Microsoft OEM XP CD for the same version - Home or Pro or a lot less likely Pro 64 bit - that has the same SPx updates version, x being 1, 2, or 3, or no SP updates , integrated into it. E.g. it has the \i386 folder and all the files in that folder.
For the second type, the Recovery disk set is a multi-disk archive that must be installed one disk after the other - the first disk prompts you to insert the second one, etc. The first disk in that set, or any disk in that set, cannot be used the same way as a regular XP CD.
I searched for: emachines H038 using Yahoo and Google and found only a few "hits" of any significance, on Japanese language web sites.
(There's one for what seems to be a H038 keyboard model for emachines computers that AVG claims has malware on the web page.
Are you getting that model off the keyboard ? )
The translation, in part, of those web pages....
H038 ¦ eMachines J4494 Core2DuoE4500-2.2G/2G/320G / multi
CPU: Core 2 Duo E4500 2.2GHz
Multi-drive DVD-RW Optical drive:
Windows Vista Home Premium pre-installed
I suspect the actual specific model of your computer is J4494
The same emachines model is often sold in more than one country, the only difference being, sometimes, the language in the mboard's bios and the language of the installed operating system can be different.
Sometimes the same models had either XP or Vista installed on them.
I searched for: emachines J4494....
eMachines J4494 Desktop Computer (home support page)
Memory (possible original modules)
5001045R - Samsung 512 MB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM Memory Module
5001215R - 512 MB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM - NANYA
5001216R - 512 MB PC5300 DDR2 667 MHz SDRAM
5001217R - 512MB PC5300 DDR2 667MHz SDRAM
5001281R - 512 MB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM
5006166R - 512 MB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM
5006185R - CENTON 512 MB 667 MHz DDR2 Unbuffered SDRAM
5006191R - 512 MB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM - SOUTHLAND
Power Supplies (one of)
6506085R - Delta 300 Watt Power Supply
6506086R - 300-Watt Power Supply SATA 20-Pin Non-PFC - HIPRO
6506087R - BESTEC 300 Watt Power Supply
4506442R - Intel Core 2 Duo Processor E4500 (2.20 GHz)
Same processor (CPU) as in the Japanese specs.
ECS 945G-NM uATX Motherboard (home support page for that)
¦Supports DDR2 400/533/667 MHz modules
¦Supports 256 MB/512 MB/1 GB DDR technologies for ×8 and ×16 non-ECC DDR devices
¦Registered DIMMs not supported
¦Maximum memory size 4 GB \
(max 1 gb ram module per ram slot)
If I have found your actual model.....
ECS 945G-NM may be printed in obvious larger characters on the surface of the mboard, often between the mboard slots, or it may be on a stuck on label on the mboard, on the top surface of the mboard somewhere, sometime's that's on top of the parallel port when the mboard has one.
There are three possible original power supply models / brands. they're all el-cheapo power supplies, anyone of which is more likely to malfunction than a better quality power supply, but a BESTEC power supply is most likely to malfunction by far.