However a LIVE CD called UBUNTU can make this easy as we don't install Ubuntu or know it's Linux.
Free, GUI, done.
Help! My non-technical girlfriend bought an HP Pavillion 5 years ago. She never created a Windows XP install/recovery disk, and she never installed Windows XP Recovery Console.
On power-up, the machine is giving the following message: "Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: Windows Root\system32\hal.dll"
I know how to do the HP System Recovery, but I'm trying to save a lot of data she didn't back up if possible. I can't figure out how to abort the Win XP attempt and get a command prompt outside/before Windows. I have a clean copy of the file on a USB stick drive and would like to try a "transplant" if I can access the volume directories in DOS.
Does anyone know how I can get to that command prompt outside of Win XP?