you made a mistake when reinstalling the operating system and now have 2 instances of XP. You simply need to remove the 2nd by editing your boot.ini file.
Just reinstalled windows XP on Dell dimension 8200. Have 2 hard drives. Formated second hard drive so should be clean. When I boot up, it does not go to my desk top direcctly as it should but stops after the windowsXP screen and takes me to black screen asking me:"Please select the operating system to start, then two identical lines with "Microsoft Windows XP Home edition" the first line is highlighted and if I do not hit enter it automaticaly proceeds after a 30 second countdown. I selected the second line just to see what happens and I got the following message:"widows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt <Windows root>\system32\hal.dll Please reinstall a copy of the file" I think it is looking at at my second formated drive. I tried to disable it in "My computer" and in the boot menu but it makes no difference. How can I fix this so that it boots up automatically to my main drive without having to select an operating system in the boot up. Thank you!