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<Windows root>\system 32\hal.dll

by Learner7 / October 5, 2009 5:33 AM PDT

My netbook won't boot up. It comes up with a message "Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
<Windows root>\system 32\hal.dll "
I have Windows XP Home, 160gb HD and 1GB RAM. I do not want to lose my data, when I put the XP disk in it said it would wipe out all data files, so I said No. How can I find the hal.dll file, and where would it be on the XP disk and how would I install it ?

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There's an easy
by Cursorcowboy / October 5, 2009 11:35 PM PDT

"FIX" for "Missing HAL.DLL," "Invalid Boot.Ini," and several other fatal startup errors, Fred Langa says.

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missing hal.dll
by Learner7 / October 6, 2009 3:13 AM PDT
In reply to: There's an easy

I have printed out all the letter from that link. The problem I have is that the minute I touch any key the computer just reboots and comes up with the same message that the hal.dll is missing. I can't get into DOS although I have made a DOS boot up disk, but not done anything with it, as I am not sure what I could do with that.

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The first return ? I have is why not follow the tips . . .
by Cursorcowboy / October 7, 2009 12:35 AM PDT
In reply to: missing hal.dll
Boot from your XP Setup CD and enter the Recovery Console

Run "Attrib -H -R -S" on the C:\Boot.ini file
Delete the C:\Boot.ini file
Run "Bootcfg /Rebuild"
Run Fixboot

It really can be as simple as that!
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