I was recently given an old Emachine W3503 Desktop that was running Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005. The computer did not come with the operating system disc. I attempted to reformat the computer without the disc by going into My Computer then C:WINDOWS then i386 and using the winnt32.exe option.
The computer rebooted and is now giving this error, "Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: <Windows root>\system32\hal.dll."
I tried searching the internet for an OEM reinstalltion disc for the Windows XP Media center edition, but the prices are ridiculous. The best price I found was on ebay for about 100$. For that kind of money I might as well upgrade to Windows 7. I need help figuring out the best option for getting this computer running. I would prefer the cheapest route possible. I would really appreciate any help. Thanks
OS: Windows XP Media Center edition 2005
Processor: Intel Celeron D356
Video: ATI Radeon Xpress 200
Memory: 512MB DDR SDRAM