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