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#1 guitardude1

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Posted 09 December 2009 - 05:02 PM

I have recently been having issuse with my dell laptop. When i attempt to boot it, i get the following error message:

Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corupt: <Windows root>\System32\hal.dll
Please re-install a copy of the above file.

My system is running on windows xp. I am unable to find the disks that came with my computer, however i do have access to a windows xp media center edition disk; will this help?
i'm not really all that experienced using a recovery console. Could someone please explain what needs to be done to fix this problem? I really don't want to lose any data on my hard drive.

Thanks.

Edit: Moved topic from Windows Startup Programs Database to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

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Posted 09 December 2009 - 05:27 PM

Have you installed Service pack 2 or service pack 3 on your computer?

If you have there may be a way to pull hal.dll back from the servicepackuninstall directory and get your computer booted back up.

If not, there are still ways to get your computer back up and running.
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#3 guitardude1

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Posted 17 December 2009 - 05:04 PM

i do not believe that either have been installed unless they are automatic updates. can you advise anything else?

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Posted 17 December 2009 - 05:45 PM

Hal.dll errors are fairly common, take a look:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314477

Hal.dll Corrupt Or Missing - http://www.merchantcircle.com/blogs/Fowler...missing./175165

Missing Windows hal.dll file - http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000490.htm

http://pcsupport.about.com/od/findbyerrorm...ssinghaldll.htm AND http://pcsupport.about.com/od/fixtheproble...storehaldll.htm

Dell what? What is the model?

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Posted 17 December 2009 - 06:01 PM

Go through this link carefully:

HAL DLL File missing

It's best you get yourself a copy of the version of Windows XP you have installed.

P.S: Don't worry about the data, it won't be affected and you can always recover the same, using a LiveCD.

Edited by ReviverSoft, 17 December 2009 - 06:16 PM.

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Posted 20 December 2009 - 11:57 AM

thanks for all the help. i rebuilt the file and it works perfectly.




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