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Windows XP boot up after reinstall

by gnakou / March 5, 2009 5:15 AM PST

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!

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Sounds like
by Darton Fury / March 5, 2009 7:49 AM PST

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.

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How to edit boot.ini file
by gnakou / March 5, 2009 8:03 AM PST
In reply to: Sounds like

Thank you Darton but how do I get to that Boot.ini file to edit it Thank you!

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Boot.ini
by Darton Fury / March 6, 2009 2:31 AM PST

Click Start, Run, and enter C:\boot.ini

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Got it!
by gnakou / March 6, 2009 2:59 AM PST
In reply to: Boot.ini

Thank you Darton, I got it and everything is working great!

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