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Need/hope to recover files from a corrupt XP laptop

by chf_2258 / January 14, 2010 8:10 AM PST

Hi everyone,
I have an HP Pavilion Laptop and I'm Running Windows Xp Media center Edition Service pack 2.

Here is what happened, I got an bad virus and started HP's PC recovery (Confusing it with Window's Systems restore)...after it was at 3% I realized it was going to re-format my hard drive and I have files I have not backed up so I cancelled out. So, now I am getting "Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
<Windows root>\system32\hal.dll.
Please re-install a copy of the above file." I've safe mode, hitting F8, F10, F12..etc...and no luck getting past this error.

I do not have the OEM CD's that came with this laptop. What are my options? Can I buy Windows 7 and, if so, do you know if will treat this like an upgrade and save my "My Doc's" files? Or are there any other options I should consider?

Thanks, Chris

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Got it covered.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 14, 2010 9:05 AM PST
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by chf_2258 / January 14, 2010 9:22 AM PST
In reply to: Got it covered.

This maybe just the ticket! I will keep you/forum posted.


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Win 7 upgrade question
by chf_2258 / January 15, 2010 7:51 AM PST
In reply to: Got it covered.

Before I take the "ubuntu" plunge, do you/anyone know if I can buy a copy of Win7 and do an install where it will save my files? Or will it have to do a "fresh" install?

I will try the Ubuntu option but was curious.


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The problem is
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 15, 2010 8:08 AM PST
In reply to: Win 7 upgrade question

That installing an OS is far more dangerous than copying our files out. If you can lose the files without remorse, then go ahead.

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