I hope this the right place to ask this. Maybe someone will know how to fix it.
I have a HP Compaq Pro 6300, model # d8c62ut - it runs 64 bit Windows 7 - HP is something, they have the harddrive with a MBR partition on a EFI system.
At start up I get an error message, black screan, saying that <Windows root>system32\hal.dll is missing or corrupt, and that is it, Windows will not load.
At start up I have, before getting the error message, pressed the F8 key and get into that system but all it talks about is Windows XP. The ESC key is the same, for XP.
When I got the PC 2 years ago I made the backup USB thumb drive as HP said to do (disks did not come with the PC). Now, when trying to use it I get the message is that it is only for GPT systems and will not load. Thanks HP.
I have searched the net and no one knows how to fix it or really what I am talking about. And to top it off HP wants $100 for an hour to "try" to help. I am hoping that one of you know just what to do to fix it.
Edited by graypants, 30 January 2015 - 04:04 PM.