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File missing<Windows root>\system32\hal.dll.....WHAT TO DO?


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#1 kwhiteaker

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Posted 07 August 2005 - 03:09 PM

Windows cannot start. This happened after trying to install Spybot....

The message appearing on the screen says:

"Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
<Windows root>\system32\hal.dll.
Please re-install a copy of the above file."

We just bought this Dell Dimension 8400 about 8 months ago. It is running Windows XP Media Center.

On the phone with Dell all morning yesterday, and they said our hard disk has crashed and they need to send someone out to install a new one. The customer Service Center in India was shut down due floods.....on hold forever and ever.
We are wondering if the diagnosis is even correct.

Does this error message indicate that the hard disk has crashed?

Will I be able to recover my data on it, if so?

Edited by kwhiteaker, 07 August 2005 - 03:10 PM.


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#2 groovicus

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Posted 07 August 2005 - 03:38 PM

HAve you tried downloading the dll that is supposed to be corrupt and replacing the defective one?

http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_haldll_missing.htm

This might help.

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Posted 07 August 2005 - 03:51 PM

you can read some info here
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Posted 07 August 2005 - 04:04 PM

lol.. I wish I would have thought of that..

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Posted 08 August 2005 - 07:39 AM

Can you get Windows to start up in safe mode?

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Posted 08 August 2005 - 12:40 PM

Can you get Windows to start up in safe mode?

I haven't tried that......will do so.

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Posted 08 August 2005 - 12:41 PM

HAve you tried downloading the dll that is supposed to be corrupt and replacing the defective one?

http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_haldll_missing.htm

This might help.

Thank you so much... I'll read over this and try to follow.




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