Posted 14 May 2007 - 07:07 PM
Actually, Gateways and eMachines are pretty easy if you have any disk with an i386 folder on it (and if the recovery partition is intact). Make sure that you use the same version (Home, Media Center, Pro) to prevent future conflicts due to the Product Key.
When you boot to the Recovery partition, it'll ask for the OS disk. Just insert the appropriate XP disk (Home, MCE, Pro) with the i386 directory and let it rip!
FYI - We used this at work to upgrade a new Gateway with MCE to XPPro (you can't upgrade from MCE to XPPro according to Microsoft).
What we did was run the recovery and use an XPHome CD - that converted the system from MCE to XPHome. XPHome is a certified upgrade path for XPPro - so then we just ran the upgrade and all was well (the customer had purchased an upgrade copy of XPPro and had the Product Key for it).
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