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XP pro SP2, on AMD 2600, 1024ram,120gig hd + 80 gig external.
I installed PM 8 yesterday and was adjusting my partitions prior to using Ghost to an external HD.
Changes were done ok according to PM, system rebooted then failed with message
"<Windows root>\system32\hal.dll" not found or corrupt.
I ran the Rescue disks from PM and recieved the message
"error code 1516 drive unmounted".
Where can I retrieve the missing / corrupted file from and how do I load onto OS.