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#1 Reddoug

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Posted 16 February 2011 - 09:40 PM

Hi All
A friends laptop will not boot up. Gives an error; Windows could not start because following file is corrupt or missing. <WINDOWS>\system32\hal.dll. Will not boot into safe mode. Does not have a recovery console. Computer specs, HP Pavilion AMD 64X2 1.8 with 1gb of ram. Is it possible to copy file from a Windows disk an install it? I found the file on another computer. Could it be copied from there?

Thanks, Doug

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Posted 16 February 2011 - 09:49 PM

HP Hal.dll Problems - http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c00044897&cc=us&dlc=en&lc=en&jumpid=reg_R1002_USEN

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Posted 17 February 2011 - 12:48 PM

Hi
I will give it a try and let you know what happens.
Thanks, Doug

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Posted 20 February 2011 - 12:30 AM

Hi
Found that complete system32 folder was missing. Ended up using recovery partition to reformat and reinstall Windows.

Thanks for the help. Doug

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Posted 20 February 2011 - 09:42 AM

I wasn't much help, but I'm glad you resolved it...happy computing :).

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Posted 20 February 2011 - 09:52 AM

The fact that the \system32 folder is, in and of itself, a HUGE problem.




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