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Windows doesn't start

The other night I installed a new update of Acro.Reader 6.02. All went well and I shut down Windows normally. The next morning, (don't know if this has anything to to with the update or not) all I get is a black screen with an error massage saying "boot.ini error"
on the next screen "The file: <windows> system32\hal.dll missing or corupt" please install a new version of this file.
Now my question: can I just copy this file from the XP-Pro-CD and how do I do that. Do I have to go into the repair-console or however it's called and copy from there? Or am I looking at re-installing XP-Pro over again? Anyone have some ideas, I would realy appreciate any help on that.
My system is a Dell 2.8 Pent. 4 HT with 2 HD and Win XP-Pro.

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(NT) (NT) JAG, boot to "last known good configuration"

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Re: (NT) JAG, boot to "last known good configuration"

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thanks,
not quiet sure where I set this or how to get to it?

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here is how

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*reboot
*when you see the splash screen, a black background with the logo of your manufacturer (compaq, for example) press F8 every few seconds. If you see the Windows logo, you missed it and will have to try again (power down?)
*assuming you got the timing right, you will hear a beep and see on a black background some text including a choice of how to log on. Included on this list is safe mode which allows you to get into a version of windows that doesn't have all the fancy stuff loaded.
*assuming you want Last Known Good Configuration (LKGC), when you see the list, use the arrow to move the highlighted option until you are at LKGC and press enter. this should get you to a workable version of windows
*if not, try again and see if you can get into safe mode
*if not post back and hopefully one of the smarter guys will provide an answer
good luck!

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also when booting into safe mode you might want to log on with command prompt. type in (fixboot) without the quotations and this should allow you to boot up ok. i have had this problem in past from playing around with bootscreens and did the trick for me.

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Thanks guys
I got up and running again. LKGC didn't work, so I had to do a /Rebuild and Fixboot, which eventually did the job. Pretty tricky to get all the commands the way the system wants them. So thanks again.

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