I am unable to start up my computer in regular or safe mode because of a message which says the hal.dll file is missing. This has happened after installing the latest service pack update about a week ago. I have XP Professional and a Service Pack 2 disc.
So far I have attempted a repair installation, but after the "To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER." screen the R option does not appear.
I have tried to run "bootcfg /rebuild" from the Recovery Console, but I get a "Failed to successfully scan disks" message.
I have tried "chkdsk /r" but I still get the missing hal.dll message on startup.
I have tried to expand the file from the XP disc with "expand d:\i386\hal.dl_ c:\windows\system32", but I get a permission denied message.
In my Windows Professional Setup I have:
-: Partition1 [FAT] 55MB <45MB free>
C:Partition2 [NTFS] 152531MB <45449 free>
I don't know what Partition1 is. I've heard fixboot may help fix things but I'm not sure what to do.
There are some important files on this drive which I would like to retrieve and I'm quite stressed out, does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks.
Edited by Frozenith, 17 October 2013 - 01:37 PM.