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#1 newchap

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Posted 19 December 2006 - 02:57 PM

My son gets this message when he tries to boot up(windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt.<windows root> \ system32\hal.dll.Please reinstall a copy of the above file.This is an xp upgrade.Is there a way around this so i can get her to boot. :thumbsup:

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Posted 19 December 2006 - 03:23 PM

When you get an error regarding a missing or corrupt hal.dll file, it might simply be the BOOT.INI file on the root of the C: drive that is misconfigured.

Here's what to do:

  • Insert and boot from your Windows XP CD.
  • At the first R=Repair option, press the R key
  • Press the number that corresponds to the correct location for the installation of Windows you want to repair. (Typically this will be #1)
  • Type "bootcfg /list" (without the quotes) and press <enter> to show the current entries in the BOOT.INI file
  • Type "bootcfg /rebuild" (without the quotes) and press <enter> to repair it
  • Take out the CD ROM and type "exit" (without the quotes) and press <enter>


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Posted 19 December 2006 - 03:47 PM

Is there spaces after the letter g?Thanks.

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Posted 23 December 2006 - 08:25 AM

I'm sorry but it won't boot from the cd.Does it make a difference if this is XP home upgrade?This is a genuine cd.Any suggestions are always appreciated.

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Posted 23 December 2006 - 08:42 AM

Check that your computer is set up to boot from a CD. Read this article.
The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who haven't got it.

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Posted 24 December 2006 - 07:34 AM

:thumbsup: My son tried to reinstall the above procedure but it ended up being Windows xp home parallel install.This unit now boots but i can't seem to find a service pack.However this computer isn't online right now.Do i have to get sp1 and then upgrade to sp2?Perhaps someone can give their input on wether this will work.It does however have to be reactivated within 30 days.

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Posted 24 December 2006 - 08:06 AM

You do not need to get SP1. SP2 contains everything in SP1 plus more - so just get SP2.
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