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XP Pro & Partition Magic error code

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.



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XP Pro + Partition Magic 8.0

I cant get into xp to use the commands suggested.
the screen stops with the hal.dll message. when any key is pressed system tries to reboot and goes in a loop.
Any more ideas please.

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Recovery Console

Did you miss the part about the recovery console and accessing it by booting from your XP CD? If you're trying to boot Windows normally, it won't work obviously. You need to boot from your XP CD to get to the recovery console.

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Imagine the horror...

Of having no XP CD, or only Restore CDs that don't offer the Recovery Console. While I have a 2000 or XP CD to get there, those without get to try the XP Boot Diskettes at


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System 32\hal error - disc or no disc

I'm having a similar problem as Ralph. When I try to boot up (with or without the XP CD) I get the following message
"Window could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: <Windows root>\system32\hal.dll. Please re-install a copy of the above file."

When I try to reboot, it loops back to the same message. I don't get the chance to go to the recovery console or anthing else.

Any help would be appreciated.

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For bjsr. It appears the CD did not boot.

You need to double check that your machine is set to boot from the CD.


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For R. Proffitt - Booting from the CD.


Sorry to ask what is probably obvious, but what do I have to do to set my machine to boot from the CD?


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I can't tell you exactly, but its a BIOS setting.

For me to be any more exact, you'll have to heed the forum tip about machine make/model and such.


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