I have run into the missing HAL when the user had flipped the SATA "MODE" from IDE to another. Usually that results in other stop errors but it did include the HAL issue.
As to repair, the answer is maybe. It's not a sure thing because there are some dozen XP versions if you count Home, Pro and the OEM varieties.
But if the files are safe we can try it.
Hi. I am trying to get to the Recovery Console feature on my friend's machine (XP home, SP2, like my own) to repair a boot.ini file.
(His Dell didn't come with the actual OS discs.) The process I am following requires booting from the disc. Can I use my CD in his machine, just for this purpose? Ultimately, I'm troubleshooting a missing HAL.dll issue.
Thanks in advance for any help you can give.