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Can;t boot XP home after SP3 update; HELP!!!!!

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#1 Number_6


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Posted 10 November 2010 - 10:23 AM

On my Dell WinXP Home SP2 machine, I foolishly opted to install SP3 when I rec'd an automatic message re the update. Now, when I try to boot, I get the following message:

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.

I could do that, *if* I could start the machine in SAFE mode (F8 key). But I cannot get into safe mode!

Anyone have any ideas? If i can find an old DOS boot floppy, would that allow me to put the file into c:\windows\system32? And is there some way I can use the BIOS options to get into this machine?

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#2 hamluis



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Posted 10 November 2010 - 10:36 AM

Dell - Installing SP3 - http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/dsn/en/document?c=us&cs=04&dl=false&l=en&s=bsd&docid=47DABAC4EAEE89F3E040A68F5A282CDA&doclang=en

Dell - SP3 FAQ - http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/dsn/en/document?c=us&cs=04&dl=false&l=en&s=bsd&docid=4B7BF14FA25A4429E040A68F5A282C3C&doclang=en


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Posted 10 November 2010 - 10:54 AM

If Hamlius's fixes don't work try reading this thread http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic138692.html !

If life is not an option then why are we not given the option in the first place !

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