i was planning on performing a windows xp reinstallation on a old computer i have. So, i took a windowx xp iso i put it on a USB and loaded it on to the pc. The iso would pull you up to a screen where you had a three part installation the first one would be formatting your harddrive i belive and the 2nd was a gui instllation and the third i don't entirely know. after my hard drive has become fully reformatted and i go to run the 2nd part of this installation i get the missing or corrupt hal.dll error. Now if i try to boot my computer normaly i get "Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem Could not read from the selected boot disk. Check boot path and disk hardware. I have tried to make changes to my boot.ini file on the installing iso usb but all the tutorials ive seen involve just saying set rdisk(0) to 1 and not explaining what it means or why they are doing it. Changing the rdisk and other numbers. How can i check my hard disk to find out what i need for the boot.ini, also i have made a hirens boot cd and cannot seem to get any of the recovery commands to work. i cannot get expand d:i386\hal.dl_ to work and i need some major help. From my understanding i have completely deleted windows xp off my computer.