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Windows XP reformat fail. Need advice...


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#1 SolidHollow

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Posted 22 November 2013 - 04:25 PM

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

Emachines W3503
OS: Windows XP Media Center edition 2005
Processor: Intel Celeron D356

Video: ATI Radeon Xpress 200
Memory: 512MB DDR SDRAM

 



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Posted 22 November 2013 - 05:16 PM

To format your hard dive you can use Parted Magic http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/parted_magic.html or Ultimate Boot CD http://www.ultimatebootcd.com

As for your operating system? Well, buy, beg, borrow or steal??
 

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Posted 22 November 2013 - 05:26 PM

Thanks for the info! I will look into those options.



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Posted 23 November 2013 - 08:05 PM

eMachines come with a hidden recovery partition. During startup, press alt-F10 to start eMachines Recovery Manager. Follow directions. This assumes you have not destroyed the original partitions on the disk. The result will be a restoration to original factory defaults, the OS, all applications, and all drivers being reloaded.

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Posted 23 November 2013 - 09:54 PM

From the eMachines Manual:

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Recovering from the hard drive during startup

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To reinstall Windows OS and all pre-installed

software and drivers:

1 Turn on your computer, then press ALT+F10

during startup. eMachines Recovery

Management opens.

2 Click Restore system from factory default.

3 Click Next to continue. Your hard drive’s original,

factory-loaded contents are recovered. This

process will take several minutes.

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Recovering from your recovery discs

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To reinstall Windows OS and all pre-installed

software and drivers:

1 Turn on your computer, insert the first system

recovery disc into your optical disc drive, then

restart your computer.

2 During startup, press F12 to open the boot menu.

The boot menu is where you can select which

device to start from, such as the hard drive or an

optical disc.

3 Use your arrow keys to select CDROM/DVD, then

press ENTER. Windows installs from the recovery

disc you inserted.






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