Posted 28 April 2011 - 06:25 PM
It has gone from bad to worse.
I started with the scour re-direct virus and could not clean it from my computer (another post last night).
After trying many spyware removers, I was getting an error that Recovery Console was not installed, so I was trying to get it set-up. Up to this point, I could boot in Normal, Safe, Safe w/ Networking... and the only issue was the re-direct virus when IE was open.
For System Recovery, I got a message that my hal.dll was missing or corrupt and to please re-install.
So I went to the C:\System32 folder and renamed the original to halORIG.dll.
Then I downloaded the hal.dll and copied it to the System32 folder, and re-booted.
I am still getting the same error every time I choose the os as Recovery Console - so it will still not run at all.
But NOW, I can not load Windows at all - not normal or safe mode, or any of the several other options in the Windows Advanced Options Menu (Enable Boot Logging, Enable VGA Mode, Last Known Good Config,...)
On enter for any of the options with os of Windows XP, I get an error that says
"Windows could not start because of an error in software.
Please report this problem as:
load needed DLLs for kernel.
Please contact your support person to report this problem."
I have a Windows Installation Disk for Windows XP Home (old old dinosaur Dell desktop - what I am on now...) - but no disk at all with my Dell laptop (which is XP PRO). And if I use the cd to try to boot for it (which I did - not realizing it was Home not Pro edition!) - I get the blue screen of death stating that Windows has shut down to protect my pc because of a possible virus... - if this happens again run checkdisk.... this also happened a couple of times last night when I was re-booting normally, but I got around it by booting in safe mode.
So now I can't really do anything!
I have managed to create a DOS bootable cd, thinking I could get to the C:/Systems 32 folder and delete the new hal file and re-name the original, but I only get an A: prompt!!!
I don't know what to do/ if I can do anything...
Help - please.