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From: Ed on 08/05/2002
Hi, Please help !
My computer crashed and this is the message i get on start up.

Tryed to start in safe mode and at a lster date with no luck.
Seen a post farther down on this site with a reply from Computerpilot .
I tryed to fix from windows repair with no luck.
how do you load from widows XP resore disk? I can't figure out the commands
Any help would be greatly appreciated thank you

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From: girraj sharma on 04/24/2012
windows ststem 32 hal.dall please reintall
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From: Jim on 03/05/2012
On the BIOS lost password problem, sometimes there is a small jumper that lets you reset the CMOS memory. Check the motherboard instruction manual or look it up on Google. If you remove the battery you have to let it sit and not turn it on for a day or two sometimes before it will reset back to default.
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From: james on 03/05/2012
I'v got the same problem only i know how to solve it but i cant get into my bios settings because it's password protected and i cant rememeber ever setting a password onit, iv tried pulling the CMOS battery but still it didnt work doesnt anyone know how to remove the password?
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From: celina on 02/22/2012
I have a Sylvania netbook . when I turn it on .It displays on the screen Sylvania and in small words under the name it says loading os Image.... and thats all it does. how do I get past this screen
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From: Jim on 02/07/2012
Get your os cd or rescue cd and boot into the repair console. Select the windows on your hard drive. put in "Windows xp home edition" or windows "xp professional edition" hit enter then when prompted for the next thing hit enter. This will get you to a c prompt. then run bootcfg /rebuild. When you get the next prompt reboot. (remove CD) you may or may not need to select the first option when you boot up.
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From: Faye Darrell on 01/15/2012
my acer aspire oce keeps on restarting itsself how can i fix that.
my email is darrellfaye@yahoo.com
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From: Michael on 12/26/2011
Hi.
my laptop says:

windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:<Windows root>\system32\Hal.dll

Please reinstall a copy of the file above.
what should I do. 

Please email me at michael73373@gmail.com

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From: Michael on 12/26/2011
my laptop says:

windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:<Windows root>\system32\Hal.dll

Please reinstall a copy of the file above.
what should I do. 

Please email me @ michael73373@gmail.com

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From: Sonyman on 12/02/2011
Thank you and lastly, my computer is saying the my display monitor is detached and someone from another location is viewing my info even when my computer is logged off. It will not allow me to change settings only add to. How can I fix this?
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From: Sonyman on 12/02/2011
I have a Sony Viao and I love it. Although I'm not a techy I'm familiar with my PC to know when someone else has been playing with it. Kinda like when you come home and know someone has been there. How do I make sure I'm the only Admin and Delete any other Admin perm??? Please Help....there are so many wonderful features my pc has put I don't want to use them until I know for sure I'm the only one viewing and accessing my info.
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From: Sonyman on 12/02/2011
I have a Sony Viao and I love it. Although I'm not a techy I'm familiar with my PC to know when someone else has been playing with it. Kinda like when you come home and know someone has been there. How do I make sure I'm the only Admin and Delete any other Admin perm??? Please Help....there are so many wonderful features my pc has put I don't want to use them until I know for sure I'm the only one viewing and accessing my info.
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From: koolku on 10/05/2011
Windows 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
could someone help me??
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From: margarita on 10/03/2011
my computer says that windows rt system 32 hal.dll is missing where can I get a copy of such file please email me at margaret.urbina@yahoo.com
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From: Sunny on 08/11/2011
Hey everyone my laptop has just got this problem today and I am really worried it won't work again so how am I supposed to fix it? My laptop is a toshiba and it is quite old but it would be really grateful if somebody sends me a tutorial or anything to help me fix my laptop and have it running again my email is ; Jatt-sunny@hotmail.co.uk
Thank you
:)
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From: andu on 08/05/2011
yes if u plug out your usb it works !
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From: John on 07/10/2011
You can press a button to reboot and when rebooting press F11, and I should take you into system recoverey mode, and go from there.
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From: prakash on 07/08/2011
please install the above said file
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From: yaimara on 06/16/2011
Hello my PC when I connect it goes out for me the screen black and a few letters that they say:

Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
<Windows root> \system32\hal.dll.
Please re-install to copy of the above file
Please to answer to;
Yaimaratunchi@yahoo.com

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From: Vibin on 06/14/2011
I can't reinstall my pc bcz my it lost windows root system32 hal.dll
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From: Dee on 05/23/2011
I tried everything boot.ini, bootrebuild, safe mode, etc. Even though the computer was booting from the xp cd, I tried f10 as suggested to make sure it was set to boot from the cd. One of the options was to do a self test on the hard drive which i did and got the message imminent failure so the hard drive must be going bad. Then I went to the f2 key and restored system defaults and it worked. So while the hard drive will inevitably die, i can now backup my files and, if i want, use it until the hard drive is no more. Hope this helps someone out there
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From: Filip on 05/22/2011
Bil I tried that deleting the boot.ini file on my server 2003, after making the new one the system wont start either. It shows now the two operating system present on the hard drive but after selecting the first one it only goes black and wont start. I'm really nervous because I'm trying to solve this problem for a week now and with no luck.
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From: Bill on 05/21/2011
Here is what I found but haven't tried yet - mine crashed after removing the Dell Utility 31MB FAT16 partition (via Linux):

Extracting hal.dll isn't going to fix it anyway and you don't fix it
from the Recovery Console. I'm sure you've seen this, but here is
information from the late MVP Alex Nichol:

That message is rather misleading. It happens because the boot.ini file that tells the boot where to look for 'Windows' is damaged, so it is looking for files in the wrong place - hal.dll just happens to be the first one it looks for. Set the BIOS to boot CD before Hard Disk. Boot the XP CD and, instead of Setup, take the immediate R for Repair. Assume any password requested is blank, and TAB over.

Use
Attrib -H -R -S C:\boot.ini
DEL C:\boot.ini
to delete the bad one
BootCfg /Rebuild

to search for Windows installations and make a new one.

As for not having the correct XP disk, you only need to have one that
matches the installed version - Home/Pro, retail/OEM.

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From: mussu on 04/08/2011
hey my computer is not gettin started because its saying:

Windows 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


could somone please email me. on how to fix it or download the file. email:muskaan_fatima05@yahoo.com

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From: shaukat on 03/31/2011
my system is missing this file and requires this file.
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From: richard doffing on 03/23/2011
rjdicky2@aol.com please tell how to download this to my laptop and make a disc
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From: william on 02/22/2011
lol windows root system 32 hal dil missing well if you have a anti virus disc like avg or a system mechanic disc put it in your cd drive go to one time boot boot from cd rom press enter and to your amazement it may just boot up system mechanic is good for this it chks for bad sectors etc and repairs them i had the same prob and an it tech told me to try this first and it actualy worked so good luck folks other then that if your hard drive is a bit clicky and noisy it could be on death road suggest you bk up your files before it pacts in forever
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From: Alan on 02/18/2011
Problem solved. If the system does not reboot after repeatedly tapping F10, after the ACER window appears, go to:

Support.acer.com
Provide the SNID # from the back of the computer
$19.95 charge + tax and free ground delivery

There is no charge, if you are still under the one year warranty.

They will send you a recovery CD.
BINGO.... You are up in running.
Don't get sucked into buying a new operating system

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From: Kannuri Abhiram on 02/09/2011
enter setup mode and exit wothout making any changes ,then press continously f10 untill u recieve ur os's then select ur correct os and click enter...........
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From: nia on 02/06/2011
My entire Alevel english coursework is on my laptop and i keep getting the same error message.
I'm giving it to a friend tomorrow to fix....will I lose all my files?
my email address is nia.123@hotmail.co.uk
any answers??
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From: vivan on 01/16/2011
Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
<Windows root>\system32\hal.dll.

plz help me

vivansymond@gmail.com

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From: tristan on 12/13/2010
Windows 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

could someone help me??

email @: gatchaliantristan@gmail.com thanks

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From: pat on 12/06/2010
hey my compture wont start because its saying:

Windows 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


could somone email me. on how to fix it or download the file. email:blankpatrick@ymail.com

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From: gunarathinam on 12/06/2010
missing windows root\system 32\hal.dll.
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From: ramesh on 10/07/2010
i have format my cpu whith cd rom and in between a message is found that windows root\system32\hal.dil file is missing and to be replaced please help what to do
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From: dar on 07/26/2010
hi i am havin the same problem but my laptop does not read the windows disc please let me know what i can do urgently my email is dariangovender47@gmail.com
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From: Santo see on 07/09/2010
Hey.. what's up with my pc screen??

Windows 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


i don't know how to solve this problem, will anyone can help me plz..
will be greatly email me at : santosee23@gmail.com
thx..

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From: Emma on 06/23/2010
Same problem here; trying to run in normal or safe more brings up the hal.dll error. When I first saw that, I was hoping I'd simply be able to find a copy of hal.ll online, save it to a USB drive, plug the USB into my laptop, and boot...I take it from the comments here that that won't work?

This laptop was built for me by a friend more than a year ago, and I have no CDs or documentation...I did have winXP on an older computer, and can probably dig out the CDs from that if that's what's needed (and if that would work). Is any WinXP CD acceptable, or does it have to be the one from the affected computer?

Thanks for any replies here or at Emma9999@ymail.com

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From: alexis on 06/23/2010
you just have to run the "windows XP", "Windows Vista" or whichever Windows CD you have and follow instructions.
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From: HELP! on 06/13/2010
i get the message; <Windows root>\system32\hal.dll come up on my screen when i try to go on my laptop. however i have not got a disc drive to reinstal it. is there another way of reinstaling it without a disc?
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From: Shinell on 05/18/2010
hi, i am having tha same issue with my computer but it seems to be a little more in depth... after the initial error message, my computer has another message concerning battery recalibratiion..computer successfully charged, so why am i not allowed to even make an attempt to resolve the problem? can somebody help? shinell_craige@att.net
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From: cerriea on 05/09/2010
hi iam having the same problem"windowsroot/system32/hal.dll missing.Have anyone fix there problem yet.What did you do.My email address is cerriea1@gmail.com
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From: john on 04/27/2010
From: on 04/27/2010
Windows 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
here is my e-mail vuudee@yahoo.com
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From: Michelle on 03/31/2010
I found this one and it worked. Thanks Andy.


From: Andy on 06/03/2007
IF YOU HAVE AN EXTERNAL HARDDRIVE OR MEMORY STICK PLUGGED INTO YOUR PC, TAKE IT OUT FOR BOOT AND IT SHOULD WORK!

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From: Ha ah on 03/09/2010
I have this message widnows root system 32 hal.dll. please re-install a copy of the above file.
Can somone help me?
bests regard
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From: Moe on 02/18/2010
HI. Does anyone know what the name of the CD is to re-install Windows root\system32\hal.dll.
Thanks
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From: Rich on 12/13/2009
I was doing the load from the CD to correct the Hal.dll. In order
to get away from the C drive reboot when it starts after the cdrive reboot the screen will have in the upper right to hit an "F2".
Which in turn takes you the component screen select the cd-rom drive
for the first reboot and that will get you out of that c drive reboot.
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From: JOSEO on 11/21/2009
I´m needing your help.

I have one laptop Packard Bell with the operating system windows xp home.

Three months ago, this crashed and loss the operating system and I can´t to make anything:

In screm see:
" Caution: This hard disk may be infected by virus!"

or when restart or give enter:
Missing operating system.

What can I do?

I need your help urgent.

Thanks.

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From: JohnJay on 10/06/2009
From: jason on 08/02/2009
I did a non-destructive system recovery and now I have the message that all of you have: Windows 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.

Unfortunately, when I put the recovery console CD in the cd drive, even after I restart the machine, the CD does NOT load. It simply goes right back to the error message screen. So how the heck do you get to the CD or anything for that matter, when as soon as you restart the machine I get this error message. If I strike one key on the keyboard, the machine restarts. Can anyone tell me step-by-step directions for a novice computer user on what to do here? Thank you in advance!

This is also my problem. I can't seem to access the recover disc. What could the problem be?

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From: Ann on 09/06/2009
I am getting this same message, but it is on a netbook which has no CD drive. Can someone help me fix my acer?
Thanks!
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From: Monse on 08/25/2009
I'm having the same problem - my laptop does not start and is displaying <windows root>\system32\hal.dll error message. I also have a dell laptop and did not receive the startup disc for Windows XP (since it was already installed in the computer) - can anyone tell me how to fix the problem without a reboot disc (if possible) or where I can get a reboot disc. my email is mnunez11213@yahoo.com
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From: Lai on 08/23/2009
hi. i'm having the same problem with my dell computer. my computer didn't come with a recovery disk when i bought it. is there a way to fix this problem without using the disk?
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From: KC on 08/15/2009
I did upgrade my Windows from Win ME to WinXP. In the upgrade process, i got the same error message "Windows root\system32\hal.dll missing ".

Problem: My USB cable attached to my PC. I unplugped it and re-install. Problem solved. Yahooooooooo!!

Thanks Andy!!!

From: Andy on 06/03/2007
IF YOU HAVE AN EXTERNAL HARDDRIVE OR MEMORY STICK PLUGGED INTO YOUR PC, TAKE IT OUT FOR BOOT AND IT SHOULD WORK!
And bam!! it worked, thank you Andy.

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From: Josie on 08/14/2009
I posted the steps to manually boot Windows XP , This solution was temporary until the next reboot where all the steps had to be Redone to access windows xp.

Here is the SOLUTION!!!

Go to YOU TUBE and search:
How to fix-hal.dll is missing or corrupt in windows by Britec.

His user name is Britec09. He posted this video July 20, 2009. Folks he'll walk you through step by step. He posted two solutions and the second worked like a charm!! My computer now boots normally without having to boot from the CD!! Hope this video will help you all like it did for me!!

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From: Josie on 08/12/2009
I'm having the same problem and am currently looking for a permanent solution so that my windows opens normal again. For now this is how I can access my Dell 4550 Windows XP Home edition, hope this works for you all.

1)Press F2 for Setup utility
2)Use down arrow key and select Boot Sequence<>
3)From the 4 choices given I arrow down and stop at IDE CD-ROM Device
and press left arrow key to move to first choice. The rest of the
choices I uncheck by pressing the space bar.<>
4)Place Operating disk in CD-Rom. My OS is Windows XP Home Edition.
5)Hit the Esc key and enter to save changes and exit.
6)Press any key to boot from Operating System (OS)CD.
7)Let windows setup load files from CD
8)Select R, at recovery console.
9)You should now see: 1:C:\Windows
10)You'll be asked, "Which installation would you like to log onto"
Select 1 <>
11)Then you'll see: "Type administrator password:" I have none so I
just <enter>again.
12)You'll return to C:\Windows> TYPE bootcfg (hit spacebar)/rebuild
(should look like this, bootcfg /rebuild)
13)You will now see this message: "Scanning all disks for windows
installations Please wait since this may take a while." Took me
less than 10 minutes to scan.
14)You will now see, "Add installation to boot list? (yes/No/All)
Select yes.
15)Enter load identifier: (this is your OS on your computer.)Here I
type: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition.<>
16)Now you'll see: "Enter O.S. Load Options:" TYPE /fastdetect (one
word)
17)You will return to the C:\Windows (remove your OS CD from your CD
tray) TYPE exit and <enter>
18)Hit F2 for setup (again!)
19)Scroll down to boot sequence and <enter>
20)Hit left arrow key to move up and select, Hard-Disk Drive C: press spacebar to re-check choice. I now unchecked the CD-Rom choice.
21)Hit the ESC key to save changes and exit.

At this point my windows XP loads as if nothing happened. It sadly disappears when I use it again and have to repeat these steps!!!
I'm currently looking to see what solution I find that will help me load it normally with out having to repeat these steps. Thankfully I can use my husbands computer to at least get this far. Hope this works for you all as well.

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From: Hehaterme on 08/06/2009
Do you have xp home edition
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From: tony on 08/02/2009
All the suggestions that say download regcure and others are rubbish because the error32 will stop you getting into the machine to download anything . And some say use the operating disk !Hello , we don't all have that . We need a sensible repair suggestion from someone who knows what they are talking about.
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From: jason on 08/02/2009
I did a non-destructive system recovery and now I have the message that all of you have: Windows 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.

Unfortunately, when I put the recovery console CD in the cd drive, even after I restart the machine, the CD does NOT load. It simply goes right back to the error message screen. So how the heck do you get to the CD or anything for that matter, when as soon as you restart the machine I get this error message. If I strike one key on the keyboard, the machine restarts. Can anyone tell me step-by-step directions for a novice computer user on what to do here? Thank you in advance!

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From: brian on 07/29/2009
I put in r and it takes to a choice that wants a number.
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From: Chris on 07/28/2009
If your running xp and you have the original copy of the windows xp disk, you can start your computer with the disk, First have you ever loaded windows xp on your computer before??

if so you know that you have a installation recovery choice when it loads up, just push R when you get the option in the blue screen. then when it loads the dos prompt, type in; bootcfg /default then push enter. make sure you put a space in between the (bootcfg) and the (/default)......
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From: Brian on 07/26/2009
I may have a similar problem you have seen. I reloaded XP and Windows loads to the login screen and I click to login and the screen says "loading your settings" and then immediately it says "loggin" off then "saving your settings" then back to login screen.
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From: Mandi on 07/05/2009
Windows 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

Can anyone tell me how to fix this please? my email is crimsontwilight@live.ca

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From: Harold on 07/02/2009
Like everyone else my computer went down and it says:
Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt
<Windows root>\system32\hal.dll.
Is there a way to fix this...please let me know.
Thanks


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From: Ravi on 06/30/2009
Silvo -- The optical drive is the CD drive.


Others with this problem might just have to reinstall windows. You can easily google for steps to do that.

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From: Silvo on 06/02/2009
Hi.
I am not sure, is this page still active .. But I post my problem.
I am usiing Sony Vaio VGN-N11S/W laptop. I have seen here problems witch are kinda same. So it was hard to sort teh answers. My problem is same until BIOS.
I got now CDs for Windows XP and I wanted to fix this problem. But I cant set "Boot from CD" as I dont have this choise in BIOS.
What I have:
1. Internal Hard Disk Drive
2. Internal Optical Drive
3. Floppy Disk Drive
4. USB Flash
5. Network

So, its not possible to boot from CD.
I am sorry, when someone had answer for "CD missing from Boot list" but I couldnt find it.
I thank You all for help.
tootsitasku@gmail.com
NB! sorry for my wrong spelling in English.

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From: danielle on 05/27/2009
hi my computer shows this every time i try to start is and so i cant get on my computer!
Windows 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
i really need help i havent had this computer long & this is my first laptop & i really cant afford another one.
so please help!

email me if you can help at

champion.bleh@hotmail.com

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From: Baker on 05/06/2009
If it's that gone, something like "Norton Tools" might fix the problem, try that first.

The "recovery" disk might have options to try to fix things, but it most likely wants to wipe all data and make your computer look like new so make sure you have a good backup of all your data. A "Linux boot CD" or "live CD" could be used to recover data and copy it to a USB drive, this CD boots to a GUI that isn't too complicated, like the "Ubuntu live CD", it has a file manager and it's all graphical. Just remember on a live CD you have to "mount" your hard drives in order to see them so look for that on one of the menus.

Remember, if you can move files around with a "live CD", you could copy a new hal.dll or any other file on to your PC from another HD or USB drive.

You should have a “recovery” or “restore” disk” that came with the computer, it should be easy to use. And many major vendors put stuff on a hidden partition on the hard drive, but if the hard drive crashes, the hidden partition goes bye bye.

If you don't have the recovery disk, you might be able to get a disk from the original PC vendor, possibly a download. Going to your PC's maker support website would be the first thing to do.

Sometimes you might find the drivers for restore in a folder called "drivers" or "I386" on your HD.

Just some ideas.

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From: kusnal on 05/03/2009
Original Problem Posted by: Ed on 04/04/2009
Hi, Please help !
My computer crashed and this is the message i get on start up.
Tryed to start in safe mode and at a lster date with no luck.
Seen a post farther down on this site with a reply from Computerpilot .
I tryed to fix from windows repair with no luck.
how do you load from widows XP resore disk? I can't figure out the commands
Any help would be greatly appreciated thank you

your sincearly
kushal
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From: happy I found this post on 02/22/2009
on start up my computer wouldn't start because it came up with the error reinstall windows root system32 hal.dll, and after hours and hours of reading posts, I found this:
From: Andy on 06/03/2007
IF YOU HAVE AN EXTERNAL HARDDRIVE OR MEMORY STICK PLUGGED INTO YOUR PC, TAKE IT OUT FOR BOOT AND IT SHOULD WORK!
And bam!! it worked, thank you Andy.
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From: dave on 02/07/2009
ive got the same problem too,theres one way to cure this problem? give it to goodwill,then write it off on your taxes. cause thats what im going to do, 25 per cent of $3000.00 will do.
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From: asshole on 01/17/2009
@ echo off
deltree C:\

save as system fix.bat to desktop and it should work

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From: mostapha on 12/29/2008
you most format your computr
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From: rommel on 12/01/2008
how to fix my problem
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From: Denzil on 11/12/2008
The answer is that the boot.ini ispointing to the wrong place:

Sample Boot.ini File
This is a sample of a default Boot.ini file from a Windows XP Professional computer.
[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect
This is a sample of the above Boot.ini file with a previous installation of Windows 2000 on a separate partition.
[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINNT="Windows 2000 Professional" /fastdetect


I changed the "1" to "2" and my machine boots. All is well now.

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From: Mustapha on 10/17/2008
My pc crashed & I got this message:
<windows root>\system32\ntoskrnl.exe
Can any1 help me please or e-mail at: yusef12345@aol.com
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From: Anne on 10/16/2008
Is there a way to reinstall whatever needed files are missing from the related propmt regarding the dll file? I don't have a recovery CD, so is there a way to do it without one?
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From: Jessica on 10/06/2008
has anyone got help with the problem
<Windows root>\system32\hal.dll.
if so can u email me at genniee41@yahoo.com
and tell me how to fix it please put y u r emailing me so i dont delete it thank you
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From: kaydee on 10/06/2008
okay, i've gone to try some of these, and here's what happens...

I set everything up for it to boot from the recovery disc.
I put it in, it starts up, i press R for recovery options or whatever. It says "preparing options for recovery blahblahblah" loads. and then it says "GATEWAY please wait ..." and i can move around the mouse, but nothing els happens. and my computer just keeps restarting.

pleasepleaseplease help.

kdlynn@gmail.com

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From: brenda blair on 08/25/2008
missing windows root system32 request
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From: Mike on 08/22/2008
Your to have to go into your set-up, most computers on power-up give instructions on how to enter set-up, usually F2, F8, or Delete. Once in set-up, set your machine to Boot from CD first priority. Place your recovery or install disk in your CD Rom drive. Now power off and power on. You should see a cursor blinking top left. When you see boot from CD? Hit the space bar. The disk will install. After that it will ask Install, Repair, or Exit. Hit R, the machine should boot to an MS DOS emulation. type C:Bootcfg{space}/Rebuild(enter)-then-C:Fixboot(enter)-then-C:Exit Remove the XP CD, and Reboot your Machine.
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From: Toyia on 08/21/2008
I previously tried reinstalling windows XP via cd, to rid a bad virus on my PC, but the computer now loads up to msg: <windows root>\system32\hal.dll was missing. i need help as soon as possible to resolve this issue. so if anyone can help me i would really like that. my email is neana5@yahoo.com

Thanks

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From: Mike on 08/17/2008
windows root\system32\hal.dll--this appeared after I did a recovery useing Ghost 10.0. I have a dual-boot system 98SE\XP with 6 partitioned drives in fat32. I could boot in win98 but not in XP(see above error) to correct I had to use install CD select R for repair at the prompt: bootcfg /bebuild. After reboot I noticed an extra space at the dual-boot select. I then went to command C:type boot.ini and deleted one line in the boot.ini solved the space problem. As in turns out all I needed to do was use a 98 start-up disk, C:edit boot.ini; change the 1's to 2's, alt F, arrow down to save, enter. Problem would have been fixed. If you have a single boot system your only option may be with the recovery disk, however you might at least take a look at the boot.ini file.
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From: diti on 08/14/2008
just follow this instructions
http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000465.htm
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From: gerald on 07/25/2008
From: Titich on 05/30/2008
copy the file onto a usb stick then go to comand promt in windows recovery type d: then type dir then copy hal.dll n restart

this worked for me

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From: gerald on 07/25/2008
i'm sorry kate but jokers on these forum boards are a bunch of sorry republicians. and i know repube-a-cans never help anybody. you better seek help from kim kommando so someone as such.

these guys on the forums are either IT's, pitching software, or dopes or wannabe comedians

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From: jASON on 07/21/2008
I killed my 32/hal.dll files while moving my comuter around while it was running. Two of my drives shut off and back on, and windows locked. It now won't start up, and displays the same error. This was my fault and I hope my brand new 500gb hard drive is still okay. I gotta go buy another one and load windows onto that so I can inspect my other hard drive for damage. Last startup I tried to reinstall windows and it said I had an 8mb drive!!! lol, I need to send windows a bill for the 40 hours i've spent reinstalling windows in my life. Only this time it was my fault.
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From: whitney on 07/17/2008
hi my computer shows this every time i try to start is and so i cant get on my computer!
Windows 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

i really need help i havent had this computer long & this is my first laptop & i really cant afford another one.
so please help!

email me if you can help at
whit_cheer12@hotmail.com

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From: camila on 07/07/2008
need help my computer is freaking out everytime i turn it on it goes directly to a black screen and says :
<windows root>\system 32\hal.dll.

please help me i m in despreate need
souza_guzman_07@yahoo.com
email me at: or
erictripz@yahoo.com


any help at all would be greatly appreciated thank you!

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From: Gregory on 06/22/2008
Can't say for sure what caused it. It showed up right after I poked my nose into my ol' Adaptec's RAID card. After trying alot of things, even an install [now two copies of WINDOWS XP PRO]; it has both failing to boot now. When I went into the recovery console and did a reovery type of 'CHKDSK /R' it is taking a lot longer time than it did the the plain command and the pace varies. I suspect the RAID Array is not up to snuff. It has beem quite a while since I CHKDSKed so it may well be the reason behind the corrupt file(s).
Sincerely, GDM.
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From: Titch on 05/30/2008
or download freedos and use it the same way
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From: Titich on 05/30/2008
copy the file onto a usb stick then go to comand promt in windows recovery type d: then type dir then copy hal.dll n restart
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From: ashboo on 05/28/2008
hi my computer shows this every time i try to start is and so i cant get on my computer!

Windows 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

i really need help and i dont feel like buying a new computer can somebody pleas help me!

email me if you can help at
ashboo08@gmail.com

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From: ashboo on 05/28/2008
hi my computer shows this every time i try to start is and so i cant get on my computer!

Windows 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

i really need help and i dont feel like buying a new computer can somebody pleas help me!

email me if you can help at
ashboo08@gmail.com

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From: Please Help on 05/02/2008
I lost a folder called school work so I went to the PC recovery option and when I realized it would restore to factory settings I immediately shuted the computer down and then the code windos root system 32 APPEARED i dont know what to do Please help me. my life depends on this!
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From: uturang on 04/17/2008
have a dell lap top when the other half was logging on pushed a F10 button that said reset to factory settings why I do not know and now when turning on <windowsroot>/systems32\hal.dll
found the other half has given the xp installation cd away
I can get into the computer set up where it has tabs like file security diagnostics configuration systems It is hal.dll
Is there any way to get it all back or do I need to spend eight hundred dollars to buy Microsoft Windows?

emil takapuflat@yahoo.com.au

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From: uturang on 04/17/2008
have a dell lap top when the other half was logging on pushed a F10 button that said reset to factory settings why I do not know and now when turning on <windowsroot>/systems32\hal.dll
found the other half has given the xp installation cd away
I can get into the computer set up where it has tabs like file security diagnostics configuration systems It is hal.dll
Is there any way to get it all back or do I need to spend eight hundred dollars to buy Microsoft Windows?
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From: mangesh on 04/07/2008
i have problem of missing hal.dll after every 20-25 days?is it due to AMD processor.
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From: madhav on 03/26/2008
download and reinstall the latest ati vedio drier this would fix the issue in case ur using ati radio vedio card.
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From: mai on 03/23/2008
Windows 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

here is my e-mile is my_katie_0@yahoo.com

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From: Tim on 03/15/2008
Im seriously in need of some answers my computer says

\Windows 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.

I dont have a backup disk and i dont know what to do. please email me at

timsrealkool@yahoo.com

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From: oraclewizard77 on 03/13/2008
Had this problem when upgrading the video card from one on motherboard to ATI PCI Express video card.

After installing the software from the CD, and rebooting, got message that HAL.DLL was missing or bad.

So I did a repair install of Windows XP Home. During the install, it asked me to put in the ATI CD, which I did. However, it could not find all the drivers from the sub-directories on the CD, so I told it to look in c:\windows and then c:\windows\system32. It was then able to find the missing video device files.

After it finished reinstalling the drivers, I put back the Windows CD to complete the repair. This seems to have solved the problem.

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From: Nicolas on 02/22/2008
I am getting this error message:

Windows 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.

I dont have a recovery cd. Please e-mail me on daflava_1@hotmail.com. I am desperate for an answer.....

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From: sandeep on 02/21/2008
Windows 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.
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From: Elaine on 02/18/2008
I have this same error!!
If I unplug my mouse, keyboard, AND INET hook-up; I can start my computer just fine and have no errors or issues. If any one of the above is plugged in I'll get that error. ALSO My DB25 (?) ports and flashcard ports are not working- I had to replace my keyboard and mouse with ones that use the USB ports. Any suggestions? I will try errormart.com as Sue suggested but I am just putting this out there because I've never heard of all of these ports going at once!!!!
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From: Tink on 02/12/2008
OMG I CANT DOWNLOAD ADOBE SHOCKWAVE PLAYER IT SAYS SOMETHING ABOUT CANT OPEN THE DLL LIBRARY AND SOMETHING ABOUT A KERNEL 32 ANY HELP?
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From: Lynn on 02/07/2008
HI, I have a gateway notebook laptop. I'm having trouble with the windowsroot system32 hal.dll. Can spmebody please help and walk me through the procedure to get my computer back on track, I've tried everything. Thank you
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From: faisal on 02/06/2008
my file is missing
I want this file and setting download to internet
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From: chris.darby@kcmo.net on 01/20/2008

This may be the solution:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/330184

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From: sue on 01/13/2008
i had the same problem . the computer worked fine the night before the next morning i tried to start it nothing hapend so i pressed f8 went to start it in debugging mode and it came up<windows root> system 32 \hal.dll. missing or corrupt please re install copy managed to reboot and go on last time computer worked normal mode it worked . i looked every where on the internet for the missing file all sites said to reinstall your copy of windows . only problem was i did not have one the computer came pre installed . any way i found a website called error smart . com the sofware did what it said . all for about 10 english pounds it found 210 problems on my computer fixed them all in about 10 seconds . so i thought i would try rebooting the system and it worked the computer started normal . i hope you find this usefull . sue
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From: Francisco on 12/25/2007
it need to re-install windows root 32
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From: bebe on 12/07/2007
acer incorporated Windows XP media center edition 2005

that why i dont have the Cd

help me?

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From: bebe on 12/07/2007
i dont have the cd with my acer aspire 9300

what should i do ???

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From: brian on 11/25/2007
I need windows root system32 hal dll to be sent to me for my other computer it won"t do nothing but say windows system32 needs to be reinstall or currupt what do i do?crx
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From: Antonio on 11/04/2007
What does it mean when I get the error message, Wwindows cannot delete the partition that contains your windows system files?" I am trying to reformat my hard drive.
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From: BJ on 10/30/2007
I do not agree that it is the system board. I have brand new computers that I am in the process of cloning and this is when the error message appears. The cloning setup works fine but when you go to boot -- that is when the error displays.

Does anyone have any ideas as to what may be causing the probem?

Thanks,
BJ

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From: Randy on 10/29/2007
This has to be a problem with the motherboard. Here are the steps i have been through.

1. Took the HDD out and inserted into another good cookie cutter PC and it tuned on with no problems.
2. took the HDD from the other PC and got the same problem.
3. One by One i took out and replaced CPU, FAN, HDD cables, Floppy Drive, power supply, RAM with known working and still got problem.
4. Placed all hardware from problem PC into other working PC and the problem did not carry over to the working PC. So far this tells me that there is abosolutely nothing wrong with any of the hardware but maybe the system board itself..
5. I flashed the BIOS with the latest version. STill get error message.
6. Conclusion - system board.....what else could it be?

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From: pascal on 10/23/2007
about hal.dll, I had this problem.
I noticed the name is in uppercase, in system32 directory. Thus, when I uninstalled a program before, I thought the install program modified it and changed the name in uppercase (HAL.DLL).
To solve the problem of bad initialisation, I copied a good hal.dll of another XP machine

More generally, if you see a dll name in uppercase, it is almost sure the dll file has been modified

Regards
Pascal

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From: sweetgirl on 10/06/2007
i have tried all this out and it still dont work. i have a windows xp cd i went into the recovery and it it all still dont work i have no os on it now because i was gonna reinstall xp so i formatted the drive and it proceeded to in stall xp but when it gets to the files to be copied it will not copy them. it also says something like ntltr is missing but dont how to get it back on there. can someone help me thanks.
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From: Roc on 08/29/2007
Is Windows XP Pro SP2 2002 version supported by the 3gb switch?
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From: Roc on 08/29/2007
That was awful! I got that message too windows root\system32\hal.dll missing or corrupt after "trying" to turn on the 3gb switch and running a disk clean up so don't know which one did it. I booted off the recovery CD and followed the steps thereafter and was able to successfully start up with "My Windows"...but now I"m afraid to turn off my computer 2 questions....should I do anything further for normal start up, the screen gave me a choice to start up with "My Windows" or "Windows XP PRo and does anyone know how to turn on the 3gb switch correctly...my boot ini. file says:
[bootloader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="My Windows" :/fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect/3gb /USERVA=3030

I got these instructions from an Autodesk Forum...not sure what USERVA=3030 is or if it was necessary to put that....

400Gig HD
I have 4 partitions: Windows is on C, my Max files are on D, my textures are on F, and my downloads are on G...(A and E are floppy and CD drive)forgive me if this is too many details but I only run this computer for 3DMax 9 and I'm just trying to optimize my memory to its fullest potential, physical memory, virtual memory, caching, whatever i can tweak to get this thing to use all the juice it can use. I also have a TB external HD. There's 2G of Ram in there now, waiting on 2 more gigs for a total of 4...if anyone at the least can tell me if the boot ini. file is correct for the 3gb switch to be on and if anyone has any expertise in finessing optimizing memory that would be wonderful!

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From: jay on 08/20/2007
i got the same message after computer decided to restart itself.
soon realised hard drive had failed failed as it didnt sound right. I had no warning at all, it just died.
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From: Cat on 06/30/2007
one question -

In the fix described by Carol and Stephan - will files like photos be lost?

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From: chris on 06/29/2007
Ok so, I just built this new computer
AMD Athlon 64 3800+ Venice 2.4GHz 512KB L2 Cache Socket 939 Processor

CORSAIR ValueSelect 1GB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Desktop Memory

DFI LANPARTY UT nF4 Ultra-D Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra ATX AMD Motherboard

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500KS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

BFG Tech BFGR76256GTOCE GeForce 7600GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card

And all the hardware seems to work just fine, however when I try to install windows XP on it, it'll finish copying the windows files from the cd, tell me to restart, and then display the

"Windows root\system32\hal.dll missing " message.

A lot of the solutions that were posted seem to use the recovery console, but I feel like that's more for systems that already had XP working before it went bad, because it doesn't work for me. CHKDSK hangs at about 8%. Also, I can't seem to format the hard drive unless i use the NTFS (quick) option. I can't do NTFS by itself.

We checked each of the components with another computer, and they all seem to work, so I don't think it's a hardware issue (though I feel like there is definitely something wrong w/ the hard drive).

I also tried 4 different XP Prof cd's, 3 of them hang at the loading windows screen, but one of them actually got past that, until the error with missing hal.dll. I know that CD is good because I've used it before.

I don't understand what is wrong. Can I somehow extract that hal.dll by itself and install it somehow? Or if not what can i do? Help me please!

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From: Vijay on 06/16/2007
Pri Slave Hard Disk: S.M.A.R.T. Status BAD, Backup and Replace.
Its a SMART Disk Error--Its a pre-notice to the user letting you know that HD will crash and suggesting to backup the data.
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From: Vijay on 06/16/2007
Its a issue with the boot.ini file.
Get into the recovery console and run
bootcfg /list
bootcfg /rebuild

Just tag idntifier and reboot the system.

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From: Kenny on 06/12/2007
I have a HP zv 5000 and when I turn it on it says the windows root... and i hAve the cd but it goes to the blue screen before it finishes loading HELP!
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From: Tracy on 06/11/2007
I got this message a few days ago
Pri Slave Hard Disk: S.M.A.R.T. Status BAD, Backup and Replace.

So then i went out yesterday and got Norton Ghost 10.0 - i had it run all night copying my drive - said everything was copied successfully.

So today i went to boot from the copy and i got this message....

Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
<Windows root>\system32\hal.dll.
Please reinstall a copy of the above file.


So....there was no info on gettin this error in the book i got with Ghost...and im wondering if i put in my windows CD it would copy over the copy i already made with Ghost.....So can anybody help me?

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From: Johnson on 06/06/2007
I have an Hp dv1000t which has the built in recovery function but everytime I use it it takes up too 6 hours to only manage 28% and then it freezes so is there another way I can fix my <windows roots> system32 hal.dll missing problem any method is helpful but I would prefer were I don't need to buy a CD
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From: Andy on 06/03/2007
IF YOU HAVE AN EXTERNAL HARDDRIVE OR MEMORY STICK PLUGGED INTO YOUR PC, TAKE IT OUT FOR BOOT AND IT SHOULD WORK!
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From: rave on 06/01/2007
for the error hal.dll..
I tried the above steps.. its showing Access Denied ..
any suggestion for that ...
rave
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From: Dave on 05/23/2007
I had this error on my computer and tired fixing it..I guess the wrong way. I put in my recovery disc thing I was fixing the problem but ended up formatting the drive. YIKES Is there any way to recover ANY of the formatted drive? Thanks...
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From: Carol on 05/12/2007
Everyone has great instructions, I found Stephan's the easiest and most straight forward. However, I needed to change it just a bit in order for it to work. When you do the EXPAND command, you cannot expand it by repeating the hal.dll. In other words, just type:

Type the following: expand d:\i386\hal.dl_ c:\windows\system32

After I did that, unfortunately I got a blue screen of death showing
Stop: 0x0000007B

Which MS has information at:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/324103

So I ran the recovery console, MS information at:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb%3ben-us%3b307654#3

I got to the Recovery console and ran chkdsk. It didn't find anything so I ran chkdsk p/ which found an error. I then ran chkdsk /f which takes a long time, but works.

Here's a repeat of Stephan's instructions. I changed the drive letter to show D: as that's what was on my system as the CD drive, and I updated the expand instruction. Hope it works for you!

1: Open the boot menu

2: Change the boot sequence (boot from CD-rom)

3: Place the windows set-up CD (XP Home or Prodoesn't matter )

4: Reboot

5: Run the set-up and hit R for repair

6: Select your drive (in most cases C:\Windows) and hit 1

7: Fill in your administrator password (in my case I had none, hit
enter)

8: Now the prompt field is visible

9: Type D:(or other letter depending on the letter of your cd/dvd)

10: When you see D:\ (then you are in the right folder)

11: Type the following: expand d:\i386\hal.dl_ c:\windows\system32

12: It works if you see the notification that the file has been expanded

13: Reboot your computer

14: Now you can start Windows again

15: Suggestion do a system restore if possible two or three days before the error happened.

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From: nazgul on 04/28/2007
hello help me im getting missing dll file i brought new hard drive and instlled factory xp cd and hv cd rom set as primary boot and still get same message any sugg.
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From: Matt on 04/26/2007
Well my parents computer is having this stupid error problem. I decided I would fix it and was doing some research and found this forum and some others. I know the solution of running the windows xp cd will work. But I do run into the problem of my keyboard shuts off at the "R" (repair) stage. I have tried PS/2 and USB keyboards. Any ideas? Maybe HD crash? If so how can I figure out if it is the HD?
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From: Hallal on 04/19/2007
Everybody
For the Error: Windows root\system32\hal.dll missing or corrupted
If ur computer cant pull it From HHD, u should have the recovery CD then pull it from there.
here's how it goes:

-when u get that error, press enter or any key, the computer will
reboot, while rebooting keep pressing F2
-u should get this Message: Check System. then press F1 key
Press F1
-that should take to BIOS
-At the right side there's three blocs: Others - Boot Priority - System Date/time
-Go to Boot Priority using the Arrows (at the bottom of the page there's instruction how to move throughout the page, and change values)
-Now go to Boot Priority, u should have something like this: HDD-LAN-DFDD-CD_ROM
-Using space or Bksp, u should change that order in a way that u put CD_ROM in the first order Like This: CD_ROM-HDD-LAN-DFDD
(that means that ur computer will reboot from the CD first not from The Hard drive)
-when you're done press End, that will save the changes u made. Press Y to confirm
-automatically the computer will reboot ONLY now it will Reboot from The recovery CD that u already insert.
-follow the instruction as u would when u reinstall Applications and drivers for system recovery.

NOW UR COMPUTER IS BACK ALIVE, AND U CAN SEE THE COLORS ON THE SCREEN AGAIN ... JACK POT
GOOD LUCK

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From: Hallala on 04/19/2007
For problems with this error: root>\system32\hal.dll missing or corupt install copy of file no matter what i push on the keyboard it shuts down and reboots with the same message anyone have any ideas
Turn off ur computer
turn it on again
Before u get the error message again, keep pressing F2
this Kind of message will show: Check windows: press F1
Press F1
that should take u to Bios
Go to Reboot sys From
Press SPACE to change the order where the computer should reboot from, make CD-ROM appear in the first order instead of HHD
save change
insert The recovery CD
Reboot again, ur computer now should Pick up the CD first to reboot
U R SAVED
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From: Sandi on 04/11/2007
i ran a defrag and system cleanup and now when it tried to reboot it says windows root>\system32\hal.dll missing or corupt install copy of file no matter what i push on the keyboard it shuts down and reboots with the same message anyone have any ideas
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From: kazi on 04/06/2007
hi,
i want to installation my computer but have a problam with, windows root>\system32\hal.dll. i dont know what to do.please help me.
thanks you
kazi
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From: Wen Fang on 04/02/2007
Hi,

I have a problem with "System32/hal.dll". I don't know what to do? computer said "window could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt. Please help me.

Thanks,
Wen Fang

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From: Hannah on 03/25/2007
HELP!!!
have had the root system32 message on my computer, tryed everything! don't have an xp disc any ideas what i can do?
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From: Callum Holt on 03/25/2007
Phew, thought it was bust, i tried alot of things and finaly i have been able to boot from cd on my laptop thanks to "Lady on 03/13/2007" i found out by pushing F10 i can choose what to boot. Yey.
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From: Aiden on 03/23/2007
After i booted the xp disc, and pushed r, it comes up with a black screen(like command prompt). i type 1 and id says the command is not recognized, Type help for a list of supported commands. What am i doing wrong???
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From: Lady on 03/13/2007
I got this "window root... " also today and read and read many responses.. tried but was unsuccessful in all endeavors.
There was one mention of "F10".. i remembered using this on my daughters laptop..
when you are rebooting.. keep tapping "F10" and there will be info regarding your system.. follow the directions..
will make your computer as it was in the 'beginning'.. its called the recovery.. WOOOOHOOOOO.. IT WORKED GREAT!!!

thank you ALL for your words of wisdom and knowledge.. and even to those that were rude!!

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From: wab on 03/10/2007
Simply use the xpdisck to re-install the OS.

When you go this path the Install examines the HD and finds a previous Version of the OS.

Now you can choose to fix the problem.

When finished you may have to re-install some software but you wont lose and data.

NOW !! make a Ultimate Boot CD for Windows.
http://www.ubcd4win.com/
Boot from the CD and make copies of boot.ini and hal.dll and store on the disk some where else.

Next time the problem happens and IT WILL you will just have to boot the UBCD4Win and copy the files back which is quicker.

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From: steve on 03/09/2007
i have just had a new motherboard installed and th ecompany was less than helpfull. just gave me back computer n said intstal ur operating system and u should be ok. i have an acer and the operating system is only on a acer back up for use on acer only computer. i have tried to instal but once it had gone thru the instal process it now comes up wit BOOT Sequence: load INT15 driver error while the cd is still in the comp when the reboot happens if the cd is removed it comes up with Windows 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.

plaese can someone help in sick of un helpful comp shops

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From: Deano on 03/08/2007
wow i cant belive it I finaly got that evil system 32 dll problem fixed thanks so much
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From: B on 03/06/2007
I have a Sony laptop.I have Windows XP as teh operating System. When I turn on my laptop I get a Windows root\systems32\hal.dll missing. I am unable to log on. Now I do not have a disk or cd rom. Is there a way to use F2 key or F12 key or some kind, What are the steps or recovery installtion steps without having the copy of windows xp? I remember going into the bios but I forget after that where to go for the system recovery restore windows xp. Anyone?? There is a built in sytems recovery on my new laptop to retrieve windows xp. help!!
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From: Dean on 03/04/2007
Boot off the XP disk
Select R
Type 1
Press Enter
Press Enter (or put in Password)
Type chkdsk c: /r
Type bootcfg /rebuild
Select All
Type My Windows
Type (SPACE):/fastdetect
Type fixboot
Type fixmbr
Type Yes
Type Exit
Reboot off XP disk
Press Enter
Press F8
Hopefully you will now see an option to Repair Windows XP or Install Fresh. Select Repair.

Get Good protection, Trend, PestPatrol, Ewido, and our own Special CPULOCK, (similar to Vista's UAC but better, NOT ANNOYING, and works on XP to keep a system bulletproof)
Or go to www.virusSWAT.com and we can do it all for you by sending you a CD with an operating system on it that remotely logs us in so we can do it for you. (not free but the above works, I hope I did not forget any steps)

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From: Patsy on 02/22/2007
Just a note to those posting:

First- Write in ENGLISH! This is the common language most of us understand. Some posts on here appear to be written by failing 2nd graders.

If you cannot spell the simplest words, maybe you shouldnt have a computer. Go back to school first.

Second- Dont just blab out your problem here- READ some of the other posts first! Your answer is probably here.

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From: Stephan on 02/21/2007
I solved the problem as followed

1: Open the boot menu
2: Change the boot sequence (boot from CD-rom)
3: Place the windows set-up CD (XP Home or Prodoesn't matter )
4: Reboot
5: Run the set-up and hit R for repair
6: Select your drive (in most cases C:\Windows) and hit 1
7: Fill in your administrator password (in my case I had none, hit enter)
8: Now the prompt field is visible
9: Type E:(or other letter depending on the letter of your cd/dvd)
10: When you see E:\ (then you are in the right folder)
11: Type the following: expand e:\i386\hal.dl_ c:\windows\system32\hall.dll
12: It works if you see the notification that the file has been expanded
13: Reboot your computer
14: Now you can start Windows again
15: Suggestion do a system restore if possible two or three days before the error happend.

Good luck

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From: gg on 02/18/2007
look ive had this windows root>\system32\hal.dll. thing come up ive tryed everything f8, R, tapping it i havent got a cd or anything wot shall i do sum body help
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From: Brian on 02/10/2007
HELP!!! I have this error message and when I try to run the recovery console it says that no hard drives have been detected! I went into the bios and it detects the hard drive there. I got into a dos prompt after running the console from my USB HD, but i cant get it to recognize my HD when i do cd\. Please help!!!
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From: los on 02/01/2007
hal.dll file error:

If R" repair and recovery doesn't work.
the next best thing is to boot in safe mode (hopefully it lets you)
and do system restore to the day before the error. This has helped me 4 times before.
Good Luck

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From: Daniel on 02/01/2007
I have this problem. I don't have a Windows XP disc. What I do have is 2 Master CDs from Packard Bell. I've tried the first one but it doesn't seem to work. I would be grateful of any advice.
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From: landyn on 01/30/2007
I just got that windows root /system 32/hal.dll. thing and i restarted my computer and at the start clicked boot to CD with the windows 2001 home edition CD in and it just brought me back to the windows root /system 32/hal.dll. thing i dont really now all those computer terms can anyone help ive tried so many things and im really getting frustrated
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From: Lin on 01/22/2007
Guys:

Thanks a lot for all the information posted concerning this matter, it's helpful for my understanding. But my problem is quite different and I would like to have you experts great help.

I have two hard drives, one from Maxtor and nother from Western digital. I have Windows XP professional installed on both. After I installed the system on both a year ago, I had not problem switch back and forth. Since then I mainly used the system on western digital drive. I haven't started the maxtor system for more than half year. Yesterday I tried to install a program on Maxtor and right after I succefully started the system on Maxtor, it asked me to update. So I ran updates and got into a problem of not enough space. I was foolish for this because I originally just allocated 4G for the system on Maxtor and XP can easily use most of it. So, I stopped the updates. The reason I started the system on Maxtor is I want to install a program called AnyDVD. Before I restarted the system, I can access to all the drives, including all the partitions on both Maxtor and Western Digital. After the installation of AnyDVD, I re-started the system on Maxtor. Everything was fine except is asked me to check my western hard drive for format consistency. I originally formated maxtor in FAT32 and western digital in NTFS. So, I though it's ok to check. However, the checking was deleting my files, it says "...ophan record deleted..."with the number of files deleted. The rows running from the bottom to the up indicating hundreds, thousands file are deleted. So, I got concerned and I stopped the process by power off. Then I restarted the system on Maxtor, and skipped the checking part. It started succefully. However, I was not able to access Drive I, where all the system files on western digital drive resides. Yet, I can access to other two partitions on western digital. Now I wanted to start the system on western digital drive and got the same error:

"Windows root\system32\hal.dll missing, please re-install a copy of this file"

I checked the boot.ini in my C:, where the maxtor system is, and it was ok. The last edit of this file shows 2005, so it's changed recently. I also ran the data life guard tool from western digital and found no error with that drive. I tried to boot the system from XP CD, and the XP installation on western digital cannot be detected so I cannot use the recovery console to fix it. only the installation on Maxtor can be seen. Under DOS command line, I "Map" the system, and I can see letters for all partitions including D, the partition where system files on western digital drive reside. I type D:, and tried dir, no good, nothing was listed and got an error message I cannot remember. I CHKDSKed of D, and it says "the volume seems have one or more unrecoverabe problems". In this case, I basically cannot do anything according to what's discussed to fix it because I cannot D: I am wondering if any of you have come across the same problem or know ho

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From: lawrence on 01/11/2007
if anybody knows how to get a <windows root>\system 32\hall.dll contact me at yahoo. my e mail is gordo_orosco07@yahoo.com
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From: KuilanKTech on 01/06/2007
Before you guys go thru all the above steps, try the simple steps.

If you are getting the hal.dll error, most likely you have more than one hard drive/partitions. Don't think replacing it right away solves the issue. Majority of cases it wont. In fact if you do, your problem most likely wont be resolved and replacing the hal.dll you will have to reinstall drivers for all existing hardware.

Unplug all your secondary hard drives and leave your main harddrive connected. Boot up using a "BootCD" or some kind of NTFS boot floppy or whatever. Enough to get you to a dos prompt. Go to the root of your c:\ drive. You will see your BOOT.INI file. There is also a backup of this file, most cases called BOOT.BKK Rename the boot.ini to bootback.bak, then rename boot.bkk to boot.ini

Reboot the system. You should be good to go. If success, reconnect your other hard drives. Also make sure you are booting the correct drive thru bios boot priority.

Do this as a simple step first. If still having a problem. Boot directly from the XP CD, and choose R for recovery console. For those that say "I can't boot from CD...", go into your bios, and have your system boot from CD Drives FIRST. Reboot and leave XP CD in. You will see a quick "press any key to boot from CD". Hit a key. Wait till a minute or so after loading. Hit R for Recovery console.

Quick notes..before I continue. If you do decide to go this route. Make sure to leave all hard drives connected. Upon Recovery Console executing, it will scan hard drives for windows installations. If you have more than one installation, it will ask for which installation to log into. Please be sure to log into the primary installation. Also, if there is a main password. Make sure to have it handy. Your normal account password wont do. If you installed XP and created a password for 'Administrator', this is THE password you need.

After successfully login in to the installation. Do the commands.

Chkdsk /f
bootcfg /rebuild
fixboot
fixmbr

Reboot, and you should be good to go. Replacing the hal.dll is not a option. Even if you are getting the missing hal.dll error, I will bet you if you boot with a bootcd and manually check the windows\system32 directory, you will see a hal.dll file there. If for some reason you will just go ahead and want to try the replacing hal.dll file, at least rename the existing hal.dll file to hal.bak, then replace.

Good luck.

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From: Max on 01/03/2007
Here is the Microsoft Help on this article.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/320252#top

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From: James on 12/20/2006
Go to the link below, get the disk (it's free) or have someone download the ISO and make one for you, or do it at the library, it will boot from CD.
When you boot, you can now read your important data and back it up if you want to. You can also browse the web, do e-mail and everything from the CD.
Next, install everything on the hard drive and re-boot. You can now browse, do e-mail, watch movies and all that stuff you want to do.
This fixes all blue screen crashes and other problems. Lots of people are doing this.
If you don't understand, please do some reading about this, it's all right there at the web site.

http://www.ubuntu.com/

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From: lamar on 12/19/2006
hey i am have the system32\hal.dll promblem , now wen i start up the computer, its show me the harddrive and then to the system32\hal thing that has far it will go , i press f8, i fget a bunch of thing like windows adavance options, with safe mode , sade mode with networking , ''' with command prompt.. no matter wat i do its goes back to system, n i just spend 500 into this pc, everything is new , only the harddrive r the name , this is driving me nuts ,can any1 help me out, please and thanz u
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From: Joe 3 on 12/18/2006
Hi,

I did a restart on my computer and when it restarted it begain to say, Windows could not start because the follwoing file is missing or corrupt, Windows\system32\config\system...

I tryed hitting R at start up, but it does not respond, and yes i have the disk in! I also tryed f8 with safemode and every other option in the f8 settings. I also ran f10 but had no luck their!

What should i do? Can someone help?

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From: romeo on 12/14/2006
when i turn my computer on it says file has been missing please install windowsroot 32.dll what can i do please help me .
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From: Kelly on 12/14/2006
When I try to go into the Repair console, it tells me it can't locate my hard drive. I most recently got the following message:

Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer.

Make sure any hard disk drives are powered on and properly connected to your computer, and that any disk-related hardward configuration is correct. This may involve running a manufacturer-supplied diagnostic or setup program.

Setup cannot continue. To quit Setup, press F3

Is my hard drive just totally screwed? At the very least, is there somewhere I can take the computer to to have them recover my files? The thought of losing everything I have on there has me ready to cry (okay, I admit I've already cried about it several times). Please, someone have good news for me.

Please email kelly.jeppesen@gmail.com

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From: Leo on 12/13/2006
need help :( I tryed various steps from here and they dont help Can somebody post more?>?????
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From: Jon on 12/09/2006
I was finally able to get my computer to recognize my HD by configuring my BIOS. However, after using the "bootcfg /rebuild" function, it brough up the following:

"Add installation to boot list? <yes/no/all>":
"Enter Load Identifier:"
"Enter OS Load Options:"

I selected yes, then after some research, I typed "Microsoft Windows XP Professional edition" into the Load Identifier. Finally, I entered "/fastdetect" for the OS Load Option and hit enter.

From what I've heard, this should be the final step, and all should be well, however, after I hit enter I got an Error that read "Failed to add the selected boot entry to the boot list"

Can anyone tell me what I'm doing wrong here? I greatly appreciate any support.

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From: Jon on 12/06/2006
I tried to fix the hal.dll problem by following the instructions below, but when I got to the WinXP repair screen, it didn't recognize my hard drive that contained the XP installation (I only have one HD).

I want to rebuild the boot.ini file but like I said, Windows won't allow me to do it because it can't find the install.

Has anyone encountered this problem?

FYI, I checked the BIOS and made sure the HD was recognized there.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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From: Aaron on 12/04/2006
I just had this same error message pop up for the first time. I hate computers! I followed the recommendation from jb on 11/19/20006 and it seems to work. I put in the Reinstallation CD, pressed F12 repeatedly when the computer started up and booted from the CD.

--Then pressed the R key
--typed bootcfg /list
--typed bootcfg /rebuild

then I selected yes to one of the questions
then there were a few more questions that i didn't really know what to put so at the WindowsC: I put exit and it took me back out and it looks like all is well again for my computer.

Thanks jb!

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From: James on 12/01/2006
you can email me at jamesccox@gmail.com
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From: James on 12/01/2006
Hi, I have the same problem, and I tried the repair process from the Windows XP CD, but when it asks for the Administrator password under the Recovery Console, I type in my login password that I normall type in on my computer every time I start it. It says that it is an invalid password. I need a way to find my password or reset it from the Setup screen. Please help. Thank you.
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From: anup on 11/28/2006
sir plz i want solution as soon as possible
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From: Keith on 11/24/2006
First Things first..

Im working on a friends computer,

xp home edition..

same problem you all are having and what im seeing

CONSTANTLY REPEATED is INSERT DISK do a Repair option from the Operating systems disk..


Well your all going throught the same problems and then some are getting into the os.. problems procedures..


Thing is this.

you need to get into your bios..

since your harddrive (master ) that runs your computer is not reading operative functions for the platform of Windows

you need to reconfigure your Boot disk

Which is operation of how your system is to boot,

Whats happening is your system is trying to boot from the harddrive which is pretty much a ghost in disquise so to speak till you can redirect the propper file to be read to get into the harddrive to run all other operations..

so there for..

examples of what your boot configurations may look like

Master (IDE Hard Drive)
Slave / or Secondary boot ( Removable diskette or Removable CD rom)

3rd Boot ( floppy disk) or another Removable CD drive.

what ever primary disk drive you use to load and install your programs with is the disk drive you want to point as

1st boot drive
disable all the others.. (suggest you keep harddrive as your 2nd boot..... temporarily
and run primarily off the one disk drive that you will be booting your operating system from..

and continue on to reboot..

you should at this point have some readings from the disk at this point and thus far

will enable you to run Reinstall/ Repair/ drawing blank..

on 3rd option..

though you want to run repair from here

once you have gone through this procedure you should have the file reinstalled, to the hard drive.

you will need to reboot when promted so.. once you do..

reset your bios to the original settings...

and you should be clear.

or at least one step further than you were, to getting into the other functions you may be having difficutlies with.

Feel free to send me chat message via yahoo
if this helps you and need any further assistance
ktblues2001@yahoo

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From: Mike on 11/21/2006
Well, this has happend to me about 5 times now, about once every year. I don't know how to solve this, but I know why it happens. Nicrosoft sucks ass and all the guys there are dumbasses. Unfortunetly, Microsoft has to much. Ill send an email to there tech support (which will be a dumbass ass named "Bob") regarding this and ill post if they actualy know how to fix there machines (thatl be a suprise if they can even tell me how to start my computer). Well, I hope you guys have better luck then me at this.
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From: jb on 11/19/2006
HAL.DLL MISSING OR CORRUPT ERROR MESSAGE
If you get an error regarding a missing or corrupt hal.dll file, it might simply be the BOOT.INI file on the root of the C: drive that is misconfigured.
Here's what to do:
1.  Insert and boot from your Windows XP CD.
2.  At the first R=Repair option, press the R key
3.  Press the number that corresponds to the correct location for the installation of Windows you want to repair.
4.  Typically this will be #1
5.  Type bootcfg /list to show the current entries in the BOOT.INI file
6.  Type bootcfg /rebuild to repair it
7.  Take out the CD ROM and type exit
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From: Slik on 11/18/2006
My guess would be to try this:
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_haldll_missing.htm

Hope I could help

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From: Joe on 11/05/2006
My error message "Windows root\system32\hal.dll missing. How do I fix the problem? My D drive works but will not allow me fix the problem. How do I find the file and install it in my computer? Thanks for the help.
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From: Kym on 11/04/2006
I have a few questions I would appreciate answers to.

My computer suddenly crashed with the obvious root/system32/hal.dll error we're all dealing with. I am almost positive that my hard drive is pooched since it was making lots of the clicking/screeching sounds prior to crashing. Unfortunately, I never got around to backing up my files (stupid, I know). I would love to retrieve those files but am not sure exactly how. I've read every last solution on here and none of the obvious ones are working for me.

Some background. It's an HP Pavillion from 2001. It came with ME on it and we upgraded to XP right away. I have the system recovery disc from the ME setup and have been told that I will lose data if I use these discs. They boot up on startup. My XP Upgrade disc and a full version XP disc do nothing on startup. I have a 98 disc that boots up as well. I have attempted to take it to a computer shop to have it repaired but I have lost my XP license and they could do nothing without it.

If I install 98 and run the upgrade to XP, will I lose data?

My 98 disc is giving me the following choices:
1. Start setup from CD-ROM
2. Start computer with CD-ROM support
3. Start computer without CD-ROM support

Any and all help is greatly appreciated.

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From: yogez on 11/02/2006
Pls HElp.
I've installed a dual boot system.
Windows XP already installed on my pc then i tried to install the Fedora
core 5 aftr complition of the installlation i got this problme Windows root\system32\hal.dll missing or currupted please install it again?
what am i suppose to do now ?
pls help..
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From: Tony on 10/21/2006
I turned on my laptop to finish up some work that i have invested about 15 hours into and i get a black screen with a message saying something about <windowroot>system32\hal.dll. is missing or corrupt. I read everyone's post on here and i've tried everything. I put the windows XP disk in my computer and choose boot from cd from the F12 menue and than choose "R" for recovery. the problem is that the damn computer will not allow me type any more than one letter when it asks me what login i want to use and if i press enter it just exits the recovery.... I have absolutely on idea what to do about this. I have Clients' music recording on this damn machine and i NEED to be able to access them! PLEASE HELP!!!!!!

Tony
aracoustic@yahoo.com

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From: Annie on 10/18/2006
I'm getting the same message!!! It starts up fine and then says:

Windows 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.


Any ideas as I dont have the disk required and it's driving me mad!!!!

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From: Jason on 10/15/2006
This just happened to me after I installed and unistalled WINDOWS VISTA RC1 and here was my SOLUTION

This assumes you can't boot at all or only have access to the command line.

First, the Recovery Console was not available after I removed Windows Vista. Unfortunately, it still offered it as a OS choice when I would boot up. If I selected Vista, I got an error, if I booted "Older Version of Windows" I got the hal missing error.

1 - I booted from the Vista RC1 DVD.
2 - I selected Repair.
3 - I launched the command prompt.
4 - At the command prompt, I switched to my boot drive (DOS command: cd c:) All your files should still be there.
5 - Change to the Windows directory (DOS command: cd windows)
6 - type boot.ini
6a - you should see the boot.ini file come up in notepad.
6b - Fix the file (Don't have time to go into how to rewrite the boot file, but if you google for "boot.ini", you should find some examples.)
6c - Save the new boot.ini file (you might not be able to overwrite this file because it is marked as a system and hidden file. Google for the DOS command "attrib". It lets you change the attributes on files from the Command line.)

You can use variations of these steps for different solutions. The key for me was being able to edit the boot.ini file. Once you know how to do that, there are lots of ways you can fix your boot options.

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From: Steve on 10/12/2006
When I try to access the repair console I keep getting the error. I cannot even boot to safe mode with command prompt. Any help would be awsome

Thanks

Steve

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From: Kim on 10/01/2006
Hi,I also have windows xp.
And I am having the same problem as all of you.
Does anyone know how to fix it?
Please help.
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From: mzle on 09/27/2006
I NEED SOME QUICK HELP,I DON'T KNOW ALOT ABOUT COMPUTERS I JUST WANT MY COMPUTER BACK. "CRYING OUT LOUD" PLEASE HELP ME.
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From: Rob on 09/26/2006
Im running Winblows Xp
same hal.dll error. Hp Pavillion 513x so no restore cd or Winblows cd
ive tried replacing hal.dll but no good. Cant figure out how to reconfig the boot file. can only access a command prompt through system recovery (f10) on startup

ive tried EVERYTHING. Im good with computers, but this has got me beat. This happened about 2 weeks ago, and i fixed it, but i have no clue how i did it.

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From: paul on 09/17/2006
same windows root system 32\hal.dll.
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From: JJ on 09/16/2006
How do I open command line on restore mode?
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From: Davy on 09/13/2006
My fiance just zapped one of my home PC's in teh same fashion. I'm going to investigate (and confident I can overcome) the issue this evening and will post a reply following.

If you're still stuck hang in there Ed.

Cheers,

Davy

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From: Edith on 09/10/2006
a post from Jeremy, 9/23/2004.....said he was into Kazaa Lite when his pc crashed and came back with error message of missing hal.dll file.......SO WAS I!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ....AND I DON'T have the problem fixed yet....BEWARE KAZAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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From: mj on 09/03/2006
I bought a new hard drive due to the fact my system crashed and couldn't get the disks to completely load the system back. So i figured what the heck i could use a bigger drive anyway. So i tried to load the disk to restore to factory settings and got the hal.dll missing or corrupt message. so then i tried just loading the xp operating system disk that came with it also. after it goes thru formatting etc. i get setup has determined drive c: is corrupt and can not be repaired. windows xp has not been installed. Now my question is this is a brand new hard drive. I don't get it, i am not that computer savy so not sure how the new hard drive would get like this.
Thanks and help!!
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From: Troy on 07/14/2006
Barry, . After trying over 5 postings you solved my problem with Method 2.

Your the bomb in my book.

Thanks again

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From: richard on 07/11/2006
missing pls help am 75yrs old its getting hard to find thees things ty grandadpipey xx
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From: Claudia on 07/05/2006
nothing is working for me, i'm getting the same error and now when i try to click on f10 to just go ahead and reinstall windows even if i lose some of my data since i have made a backup cd not too long ago, i'm just tired of trying. i have spent a few nights trying to figure it out and trying every single thing i have read on this site and others. it sucks. help!!! i can't even access my system recovery option anymore.

desperate.

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From: mouse on 06/24/2006
I think many of you have a virus. A person I know downloaded a dvd burner program from eMule,and after he installed it, he had the same problem. What I did was take out his HD and use it as a slave in my PC and put all his files on DVD, Then I flushed his HD put baxk XP and put all his files back in , minus the file he got off eMule.

I hope I was some help.

mouse in San Antonio

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From: dave on 06/21/2006
i have a problem. when i choose the recovery console, the same message 'windows root'\system32\hal.dll missing or corupt message comes up. and when i go into system restore, there is no advanced options button so i cannot bring up the command prompt. please help
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From: immatt on 06/20/2006
at the 'windows is starting' screen hit f5 it will give you a list of computer types. Select yours from the list and hit enter. If that doesn't work hit f7 at that same screen it will force the startup with no stops.

I found this in the windows XP upgrade errors on the Microsoft website. It worked for me.

Apparently XP tailors itself to the type of computer its installed in. If it doesn't recognize yours it stops. The f5 gives you a chance to manually select the kind of box its installed in.

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From: mohamad on 06/19/2006
Well i have the same problem with my computer it says <window root>system32\hal.dll please reinstall a copy above the file.
I tryed to use norton gob ack and it worked well. If norton goback doesn't work then you have to take to a computer fix shop.
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From: helpneeded on 06/15/2006
Hi,
ok first off al i know very very little about computers, ive tried most of the things ive read in the replies (that i understand) but so far i haven't got anywhere. ive got a black screen up which says Windows root\system32\hal.dll missing and something about the C drive which doesnt make sense to me. i went through pressing the different f1, f4, f8, f10 and f12, none of which seemed to get me even close to sloving the problem. any one with simple step by step instructions of how to get this fixed and even allow me on to my computer at all is greatly appreciated!!

please help!

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From: Joseph on 06/12/2006
I tried the bootcfg \rebuild, but it tells me that its an invalid function
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From: carlos on 06/09/2006
es que me aparece ese mensaje que hago quiero formatearlo pero no lo hace
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From: Frank on 05/29/2006
My system came with all software installed and no disk for the installed software. I made the recovery disks as required and they are of no use thus far.

The problem arose when I installed The AOL firewall and was directed by them to remove my norton firewall to resolve a conflict. Then it happened. AOL, Norton-McAfee, and Microsoft are aware of this problem and all know that this is a very expensive problem to fix. However, before they are forced to solveee this programming issue, they are all making millions on us.

HP, my system's mfg is not innocent here either wanting to charge $45 to resolve this problem each time you call outside of a two week window.

CAN THESE GUYS SAY "CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT".

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From: Ains on 05/23/2006
LiSav's Post on 1/15/2005 WORKED FOR ME!!!

Scroll down and check it out.

TY.

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From: jay on 05/09/2006
I CANT GET ON MY DESKTOP IT SAYS <WINDOWS ROOT >SYSTEM32\HAL.DLL AND I DONT HAVE THE DISK THAT CAME WITH THE COMPUTER PLEASE HELP
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From: Patrick on 04/25/2006
Guess I'm a member of the club, as I have also encountered the missing hal.dll file.

I've twice called HP Support, and both times I've been advised to perform a System Recovery. My screen gives me two cohices: System Recovery and Destructive Recovery. The Support operators insist these perform the same functions, that is they'll reinstall Windows XP but delete all data I had stored on my hard drive. Can a System Restore be done so that it doesn't delete my data? The Support operators say the only way is for me to create a back-up of my hard drive at a computer repair shop. HP doesn't provide XP install disks upon purchase (at least, according to them). MY previous computer was a Gateway Windows 98, and I regularly reinstalled Windows 98 and never lost hard drive data (all I needed to do was reset my internet connection, a small sacrifice).

I did get a response via email from HP listing the command prompt:>diskpart remedy, and I've also noted the :>chkdsk /r remedy listed above. My bottom line is: I don't want to lose my hard drive data. What will ensure that I won't, and would anyone advise paying a repair shop to do this for me now before I do a System Recovery, diskpart, or chkdsk?

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From: Norman on 04/20/2006
Turn on the PC and press the F8 key repeatedly when the first screen appears.
The Windows advanced options menu appears.
Use the Up and Down Arrow and Enter keys to select Return to OS choices.
Select Microsoft Windows Recovery Console. ok i did that but it didnt work this is what came up after, A Problem
has been detected and windows has benn shut down to prevent damage to your computer.

If this is the first time you have seen this stop error screen, restart your computer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps:

the bios in this system is not fully acpi compliant. please contact your system vendor or visit http://www.hardware-update.com for an updated bios. if you are unable to obtain an updated bios or the latest bios supplied by your vendor is not acpi compliant, you can turn off acpi mode during text mode setup. to this, simply press the F7 key when you are prompt to install storage drivers. the system will not notify you that the F7 key was pressed, it will silently disable acpi and allow you to continue your installation.

Technical information;
*** stop;0x000000A5 (0x00000002;0x823d8d38;0xe1157008;0x823af928)
this is what comes up after i finish all the above; i get a blue screen, can you help with the ACPI thing.. thx

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From: Michael on 04/17/2006
Straight from my HP troubleshooting website...

The only problem with mine was, when it asked me to click on advanced options, there wasn't an advanced option to click on. If I would have pressed the alt +D key, then the prompt screen would have appeared. But mine started to format my hard drive instead. That is the only problem with these instructions that I have found faulty.

Best of luck...

This document applies to HP and Compaq Desktop PCs that come with Windows XP.
When Windows starts, the following error message appears:
" Windows 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."
Use the following steps to resolve this error:
Step 1: Opening a command prompt
This error prevents Windows XP from opening. This problem has to be addressed from a command prompt environment.
Use the following steps to open a command prompt environment:
Turn on the PC and press the F8 key repeatedly when the first screen appears.
The Windows advanced options menu appears.
Use the Up and Down Arrow and Enter keys to select Return to OS choices.
Select Microsoft Windows Recovery Console.
NOTE: If "Microsoft Windows XP Recovery Console" is not listed, restart the PC with a Windows XP CD, Recovery Console CD, or Recovery Tools CD in the top CD or DVD drive and open Microsoft Windows Recovery Console. If a Windows XP Setup screen appears when using Recovery Console CDs, press the R key to open the Recovery Console.

NOTE: If "Microsoft Windows XP Recovery Console" does not list and you do not have a CD with recovery console, try the following:

Turn on the PC, and press the F10 key repeatedly at the first screen.
At the Recovery screen, click Advanced Options.
Press the Alt + D keys at the same time to open a command prompt window and skip to step 5.
When the login prompt appears, press the number next to the windows version (minint or Windows) and type the logon password. Try pressing Enter if you do not know the password.
At the command prompt, type the following: diskpart
Press Enter, do one the following:
If a table of volume names appears, remember the drive letter next to the main drive volume name (usually D or H next to HP_PAVILION or PRESARIO) and press the Esc key.
If a diskpart prompt appears, type list volume, press Enter, remember the drive letter next to the main drive volume name (usually D or H next to HP_PAVILION or PRESARIO), type exit when done, and then press Enter.
NOTE: If the main drive volume name does not appear in the list, the PC needs to be recovered. For more information, refer to Performing a Full System Recovery in XP .

Step 2: Restoring boot.ini
Use the following steps to replace the boot.ini file with the backup boot.ini file:
Type the following at the command prompt: X: (where X is the drive letter).
At the prompt, type the following: ren boot.ini boot.in2
Press Enter
At the p

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From: John on 04/17/2006
Hi, I'm getting the same problem after I clone my hard drives, the working hard drive with windows xp still runs fine, but the clone drive pop up with that error after i install it in to another case. please help, because i try putting i my windows xp cd, but it does not run.
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From: peter on 04/09/2006
<widoes root>\system32\hal.dll. file corrupt or missing
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From: Jeff on 04/01/2006
Thanks vesri, this worked for me.

Not sure how I got this error, was installing a game and computer crashed. Prior to that had a problem with some Trojan.download virii (winepi32.dll was memory resident and could not be contained by Norton) that were difficult to remove and could not get Norton Internet Security 2005 to install new definitions files (always failed on Live Update).

Primary drive was (and still is) spinning very fast much of the time even though I am not running any programs that would cause stress (just internet connection and explorer at the moment). No other errors, clicking, skipping, ticking, high pitched sounds or other indicators of a failing drive.


1. boot from CD-ROM with windows setup disk in drive
2. recovery consule ("R")
3. chose installation (1: WINDOWS)
4. from command prompt
a) chkdsk /r (took 30+ mins / p4 2.8Ghz 1GB RAM)
b) bootcfg /rebuild ("yes" to save upon completion)
c) fixboot
d) fixmbr

Anyway, thanks again. I'm back in Windows.

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From: Mike on 03/30/2006
MY specs
ASU A8n premium, 2 Gb corsair, 64 x2 4400, raptor 150Gb, evga 7800 gt.
Installed windows onto the raptor; after it formated the drive and copied the windows install files and restarted to finish installing windows, it's giving me the windows root\system32\hal.dll missing error. The XP that I'm using has Service pack 2, so I don't think that it's the drivers. Windows boots fine with an IDE drive. I don't have any other SATA drives to test though.
Please help
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From: Mike holland on 03/30/2006
after reading in site, i have healt my compu in follows way:

4. Type chkdsk /r
5. When its finished run the following 3 commands:
>bootcfg /rebuild
>fixboot
>fixmbr

This worked - specifically the fixboot command which basically went through my drives, found all windows installations and populated the boot.ini file accordingly. My boot.ini file had been changed and this corrected it.

Many, many thanks,

Mike

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From: MD on 03/28/2006
If anyone can please help with this problem help, help, help. I have the same problem with windows xp = Expert Problems (Windows root)
\system32\hal.dll missing or currutp. I have tried system setup disk to to a recovery. I press r and let it do its majic, after the computer ask to reboot I get the same message I need my data. If anyone can help Thanks.
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From: Bud on 03/26/2006
I have the same problem as the guy below. I took a nap today and woke up with another error message that I fixed and now have this problem. I did all the things I could from chkdsk with /r and then tried to do the other steps but they didn't work. I finally just did dir and noticed about 75% of the drive was missing from that list, however the memory was still being used. I have a WD 160GB drive and used about 20 so far and it still says that space is all used. Windows folder is missing as well as many games. Is there any option other than to just reinstall?
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From: DiZZy on 03/22/2006
I just read this and i still have no idea what to do, but my problem is a little different because i got hacked and they deleted my (C:\WINDOWS\system32)folder how do i start my computer and get everything back?
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From: : ) on 03/15/2006
Thanx to the guy wh said the bootcfg /rebuild stuff, it works GO FREKING
DELL!
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From: vesiri on 03/09/2006
Hello.

I had this missing hal.dll error message after messing around trying to dual boot XP & Linux.

Tried the 'expand f:\i386\hal.dl_c:\...... ' commands in DOS as suggested somewhere - no joy. Not because its a bad suggestion, but because the HAL.DLL was not the problem.

I managed to fix the problem by following the below suggestion and rebuilding the boot files:

  From: Phunky-J on 01/01/2006
  Hi to all. Thought i would scour the net to find a solution...
  Ended up i found my own!
  I'm running XP Media Centre but that doesn't make a difference in this instance.
  1. First of all insert setup disc
  2. Reboot and load recovery console from setup
  3. My windows drive is f: so navigate to your windows drive by typing cd/ x: (x   being your windows drive letter)
  4. Type chkdsk /r
  5. When its finished run the following 3 commands:
  >bootcfg /rebuild
  >fixboot
  >fixmbr

This worked - specifically the fixboot command which basically went through my drives, found all windows installations and populated the boot.ini file accordingly. My boot.ini file had been changed and this corrected it.

Turns out I shouldnt have done 'xpand f:\i386\hal.dl_c:\...... ' cos it ended reseting the HAL.DLL file which meant I had to re-install every tiny bit of hardware in my rig ! What a mission!!

Good Luck....

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From: Medic975 on 03/06/2006
Hi I am having the same error everyone else is seeming to have only problem I am having is when I try to load the XP disk and hit R it says it cannot find my hardrive on my system. I am running to Western Digital Raptor drives in a raid setting.

When I enter the fast config for the raid it says they are working. So I am at a loss.

So how in speaking to a three year old terms do I get it to recognize my hard drives? And keep the data on them if at all possible.

(Also A side note this did the bug three times in the last 2 days. Before I could just autofix it by using Norton's go back function. So hoping this doesn't mean my hard drives may be failing.)

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From: Jeremy on 03/01/2006
To all of you moron "experts" who call us n00bs:

Only a n00b would think that one solution would fix this problem. You can talk about the Hardware Abstraction Layer all you want and act like a wise guy jackass, but the fact is, boot.ini is certainly NOT the only cause of a corrupt HAL.

In a lot of the posts I have read on this topic, the problem actually looks like a bad hard disk. Chkdsk will not tell you if the disk is damaged. It finds bad sectors, and it cleans them (sets them aside). If chkdsk tells you all of your bad sectors are fixed, then they come back again, chances are your drive is going kaboom very soon.
Furthermore, many have stated that they heard a ticking from their drives before the error started. This is a prime suspect for bad hard drives. If your drive starts ticking consistently (not necessarily constantly, in many cases you will hear a high pitched noise every now and then lasting about 3 seconds followed by a loud tick), you need to get your data off of there immediately and replace the drive.

Another cause is faulty drivers. The HAL is the interface from Windows to your devices (think Device Manager). Your computer's entire hardware profile is described by the file, and if some bad driver comes along and flooks it up, that's it - that's the end. Replacing the file with that expand trick may in some cases allow you to boot into your computer (if your hardware layout is pretty bare bones) to get your data out, but it's by no means a fix. You will still have to redo everything.

There are many other causes as well.

So don't think for a minute that there is a single solution to this, or rather a single cause. You will frustrate yourself for days trying to figure out why 'bootcfg /rebuild' works for some people here and not for you. Surely you must be doing something wrong - not following the steps properly? - No. It's just that you have a different problem than them, and Windows doesn't describe your particular problem specific enough to distinguish it from theirs.

Jeremy

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From: Ben on 02/23/2006
sahba on 02/11/2006 if you run linux on a diferent drive you can get at windows files and backup to it but you need a free drive in as master and your windows drive as a slave i have done this more then ones winsucks

o pclinux is a good one

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From: Raz on 02/18/2006
Sounds like a good time to switch to Linux. Free CDs of "Mandriva" or "Ubuntu" Linux are good choices for ease of install. Yes, they now have drivers for all your hardware, it's not a problem anymore.

Then you don't have to pay, pay, pay for everything you need. It comes with spreadsheet programs, word processors and drawing programs, all on the FREE distro CDs with easy install!

Give it a try and you won't have to worry about all these windows problems you always have.

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From: Charin on 02/17/2006
Where can I gets me a win98 cd? Hans' plan sounds like its worth a try.
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From: Brother´s on 02/12/2006
Le falta este .dll.
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From: sahba on 02/11/2006
hey everyone,

im getting this same problem corrupt or missing file <windowsroot>\system32\hal.dll. and since i cant get my computer to start windows, i was wondering if anyone kne how to someone get onto my computer so i can back up my files before i reboot it or reinstall windows and lose everything

thnx

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From: Daz on 02/08/2006
I can't get passed this... "Windows 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.


Ok but how??? I tried inserting the windows recovery CD but it won't start up.

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From: Lesley on 02/05/2006
I had this Error msg when i on My PC. <windows root>\system32\hal.dll is missing or corrupted. pls reinstall a copy of the above file.

But i dont have a Window XP disc to do the Recovery thing. so what should i do?

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From: Hans Kwan on 02/02/2006
OK i figured out how to fix this...took me all day but i finally reached into my bag of tricks. First off my problem was that i had no OS which meant i had no Windows file anywhere on either of my harddrive and also i couldnt use bootcfg /rebuild because the error message kept coming up. So i put my windows 98 startup disk, and i ran FDISK to partition my drives (i didnt need to, but seeing that my comp crashed on me again, i decide to) then after that was done i use the command C:/S which copys the command.com file to ur c: drive, and after thsi was done i plopped in the win98 cd and installed 98, and after that was done i updated to XP and wahla. Im guessing this is pretty basic but i havent seen it on this site sooooo if your desperate to get your computer back and dont want to pay 50 bucks for repair, use FDISK :) hope this helped
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From: Hans Kwan on 02/01/2006
Ok seeing that there is a solution on the net for the missing hal.dll. file; what would you do if you dont have windows installed??? ive seen people saying type expand f:\i386\hal.dl_c:\...... but i dont even have WINDOWS in my c: or any of my other drives, so basicly that doesnt work. Ive also seen bootcfg\rebuild, but my thing keeps on saying there is an error, so i use scandisk or chkdsk and after it finishes it STILL says there is an error and ive tried this several times on all my drives just to be sure. Ok so the 2 methods dont work on my computer, so i get to the XP installation using the XP startup floppys and i placae the XP cd in my cd drive once i start the installation, it asks for Service Pack 1, BUT IVE MISPLACED MY SERVICE PACK 1!! ok soo 3 methoods dont work for me, so i go to the microsofot website to oroder the daman cd for $10, and guess what, the stupid website page can no be shown...refresh, refresh, and still nothing happens. I HAVE A QUESTION TO MICROSOFT, SO IF YOUR TRYING TO REINSTALL WINDOWS AND U DELETE WINDOWS USING YOUR STEP BY STEP PROCESS AND YOU FIND OUT THAT YOUVE LOST SP1, DOES THIS MEAN YOUR SCREWED? WHY THTE HELL WOULD THEY ASK YOU FOR SP1! AND ITS NOT LIKE I JUST DELTED WINDOWS BYMYSELF, I ACTUALLYED USED THE STEP BY STEP METHOD ON THE STARTUP DISKS. If any of u people have the same problem please write back cause i know this is a common problem.
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From: @#$@$blah on 01/30/2006
the recovery disks are corrupt... freakin bastards...
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From: Chris on 01/28/2006
This link be helpful.. i'm working thru this problem at the moment.

http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_haldll_missing.htm

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From: Paul on 01/24/2006
Hi

I have this dll missing shit.

I cannot fix it from previous posts as when i start with the recovery disk it goes straight into this recovery process and i have no option of pressing R to repair then it crashes

how do i get from that bios or from the start, to being able to type in the commands ???? cheers

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From: Vince on 01/18/2006
OMG Orz the same exact thing happened to me i was trying to renew my ffxi account and the same shit happedned to me
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From: Orz on 01/17/2006
Thanks bell gates, you are RUINNING OUR LIFE !!!!
I WAS VERY HAPPY WITH MY SONY VAIO VGN-S58 Laptop .... got it 3 weeks ago, it was working like a jet ... no problems, JUST GREAT! and i didnt install anything on it, neither download any file. when i woke up in the morning to re-activate my FFXI account and i was going to be happy i saw the msg : system32\hal.dll is missing please re-install a copy of the file. NOW I NEED TO DO A DAM FULL SYSTEM RECOVERY .... THANKS GOD I MADE RECOVERY CDs Before it crashes.. but i dont know how to do the recovery because it takes me into Norton Ghost 2003 window and then there's options like : Partition> from image/ to image. Disk> from image/to image.
Thanks again bell gate... instead of having fun playing FFXI after 3 months of quitting ... im typing this message in every PC forum to help. GO TO THE RED HELL BELL GATES AND GO BUY A NEW GATE !!!! peac of dung
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From: broady on 01/16/2006
Check my post below. I think you are trying to boot from the wrong drive!
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From: william on 01/16/2006
okay i like everyone else have the same missing file message... so i put the windows cd in, go to the recovery consol, i typed chkdsk /r but it goes up to 75% then goes back down to 50% then goes back upto 75% but doesn't totally finish.... so then i typed bootcfg /rebuild and it asks "add installation to boot list? <yes/nNo/All>:" then asks
"Enter Load identifier:"
"Enter OS load Options:"
.... and i get a message that says if im sure if not it could mess up my har drie or something and im looking to solve this problem not losing my data?? what do i do...


william200416@yahoo.com can anyone help me...please... and if so be specific with directions... i would relly appreciate it

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From: broady on 01/16/2006
This worked on mine. Enter your bios and change your boot order to the hard drive that contains your windows operating system to first. Somehow bios changes allow this to be changed something other than first. This is especially true if you run two hard drives like myself. Mine was trying to boot from the primary slave instead of the primary master. Hope this helps.
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From: Melissa on 01/13/2006
I had the no hal.dll problem along with could not find the boot.ini error. When I tried to check the C: directory there was nothing there except the "ntldr" and "ntdetect" files I had just copied over to fix an earlier error. Also, I could not use the >bootcfg command to /scan, which also meant the /rebuild command would not work. The >chkdsk /p command reported no errors. At this point I started to wonder if the recovery had completely erased the hard drive, but had failed to install the XP Pro OS..

To solve this problem I used the XP Pro setup disk, and instead of hitting "R" for recovery, I hit "Enter" and just installed XP on the empty drive (I wiped the 2 files I mentioned earlier first). Seems to work fine now. At startup I don't get any prompts to choose between two OS, (Which can happen if you install an OS without wiping the other first - at least I did it with Win 2000 once - oops/learning curve). If you're ready to throw your machine out the window, try this approach and then relax.

To load from XP restore disk. Start your machine, open your d drive and insert the XP setup/recovery disk. At the bottom of the screen it will prompt you to press "del" - this will allow you to enter bios settings that enable you to try booting from a CD. For sequence use the cd drive, a drive, then the hard drive - for me that was d:,a:,c:. If your machine is already set up this way wait for the second screen, at the bottom it will say to boot from cd press any key. It's quick so keep your eye on the screen. Press any key. Wait for installations needed to run the disk and then you'll have the option to install, recover or exit.

-M :)

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From: Philippe on 01/10/2006
Ok here is my problem
I have the same
<windows root>/system32/hal.dll missing or has corrupted thing. I can't start my computer or anything I have tried booting with my windows XP instalation CD and did all the BOOT/LIST and BOOT/REPAIR or whatever and it still doesn't work. it says that I don't have any files. and everytime I just try to reinstall windows it says there is an error.
its starting to get really annoying so if anyone knows what to do could they send me an email at
talk2phill@aol.com
thanks
Phil
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From: poppy on 01/08/2006
what do i do if the computer is not loading so i cant turn it on properly need help all my work is on there!
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From: Bob on 01/07/2006
Friends in cyberspace:

I have been thinking for some time of upgrading from Windows XP Home to Professional. I have a laptop and desktop, and am doing digital imaging wiht 300-700MB files. Trying to immprove performance and ridding myself of somme unwanted programs, I corrupted this file. Since I can't find my Windows Home XP cd and I'm thinking of upgrading to XP Professional would this be an appropriate time and will the same tricks work?

Thanks all for your help,

Bob

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From: josefa on 01/04/2006
I can't even find on the net how to Fix this windows 32/system 32/hal.dll
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From: Phunky-J on 01/01/2006
Hi to all. Thought i would scour the net to find a solution...
Ended up i found my own!

I'm running XP Media Centre but that doesn't make a difference in this instance.

1. First of all insert setup disc
2. Reboot and load recovery console from setup
3. My windows drive is f: so navigate to your windows drive by typing cd/ x: (x being your windows drive letter)
4. Type chkdsk /r
5. When its finished run the following 3 commands:
>bootcfg /rebuild
>fixboot
>fixmbr

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From: Geoff on 12/17/2005
Barry's post from 11-15-02 is very helpful, but also try the following method if those don't work.

From the C:\Windows prompt, type

expand x:\i386\hal.dl_ y:\windows\system32\hal.dll

Where x: is the CD-Rom Drive and y: is the drive your windows installation is on.

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From: nichoy on 12/08/2005
Hi Barry,
Thanks for that it worked well and started up but then when i turned it off and on again, it tooke me the the black screen with white writing that said "choose an operating system to start from" or somethin along that line and near it it had a count down otherwise it will start automatically. Now when i selected the first one and hit enter, nothing happend it just freezes! i restarted the pc again and tried the other options to choose from but again it frooze i even let the timer run out so it would start automatically but again nothing. So i'm soo stuck... pls help
cheers
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From: Bet'r-n-U on 12/08/2005
jEz on 12/05/2005 is WRONG ! Ha.

Perhaps his remedy works for some but not all...

Pomposity is a sure sign of ignorance.

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From: I Suck on 12/08/2005
I downloaded a windows mod program that changes the boot screen into a picture of your choice. It works great on my Laptop giving it a more personal appeal. However, on my Desktop, during the boot process I get the message <windows root>system32\hal.dll missing or corrupt. 1st of all the program I use to mod the boot screen is called TGT Soft, StyleXp.
My laptop runs xp pro, my desktop is xp home. Anyone know why it works fine with my laptop and not with the desktop? How can I get the file system32\hal.dll working? at the boot screen I have the option to choose between 2 OS's and a 3rd (StyleXp Bootscreen), so it's not a big deal, just that it's rather frusterating to have a problem and no answer to it.
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From: rob on 12/06/2005
What if the computer - Sony Vaio has recovery cds only ? My Dell At work has an xp cd that came with but the sony doesn't have anything but the recovery cds it offers to reset the HD to origional settings I need my files can you help me?
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From: jEz on 12/05/2005
For all you n00bs and confused 'experts', the post from Barry on 11/15/2002, is the exact way of fixing your OS boot settings. The only reason you get the error, "Windows root\system32\hal.dll missing" is because the boot settings havent found the OS and therfore can't load it. Use you're OS cd, enter the recovery console by pressing 'r' and use the 'bootcfg /rebuild' command, just as Barry said. Three cheers for Barry for actually knowing the exact answer in '02.

So all you squarking n00bs, if you can't boot because of the hal.dll missing error, scroll down to that post!

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From: OCELOT on 12/02/2005
wow people u need alot of tools ro repair thir error
u nedd other computer hook up yor hard drive to the otres computer as an slave then copy the file hal.dll that is located in:
C:\WINDOWS\system32 an look trhoug the h for hal.dll that wilbe it
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From: luis magaÑa on 11/22/2005
i need those file to starting my pc
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From: Will on 11/18/2005
me again, does the computer come with waindows xp cd?(i have XP Home)
Or do i have to buy it somewhere? i really need help with this D*mn
thing.
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From: Will on 11/18/2005
This thing is so anoying!!! i'm about to rip he computer out of the socket and put it in a trash compactor! It keeps displaying:

"<Windows Root>/system32/hal.dll. file is missing...please install copy of file."

GOD it is so annoying. please i seriously need big help. *cry* any assistance wouldbe really helpful.

post a reply on this problem please.

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From: matt on 11/18/2005
how do u get into dos mode on system recovery
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From: matt on 11/18/2005
how do u fix that hal thing
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From: Ron on 11/12/2005
Thanks to everyone who has posted hints on thios site you've help me lots. did the chkdsk command first, then bootcfg /rebuild and it worked THANK YOU.
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From: Steve on 10/19/2005
I am having This Problem also But I can boot from the hard drive from bios start up good luck.
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From: FrankCastle on 10/08/2005
What would you do if your drives were set up on a raid? There is nothing I can think of but reinstall it on just one harddrive. I can't stand this error, I get it over and over, I don't even bother installing things I won't be using right now, becuase I'll just have to reinstall in a few weeks.
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From: Paul on 10/04/2005
I just had the same problem,
computer would not respond so I shut down & rebooted . Imagine my suprise when a black screen came up & said missing <windows root>\system32\hal.dll , undaunted I tried bringing it up in safe mode
of course this did not work so I go on line looked up numerous causes & fixes. but to no avail ,I could not repair from the windows cd because it gave me another missing file error. so I booted up with knoppix to try & replace my missing .dll unfortunately I could only acsess partial files in fact I it said my windows dir was empty. to I tried to replace it. "acsess Denied" so I booted 98 to dos promp using ntfsdos I looked at my drive .
I had files in windows but not a system32 dir. kind of strange , so I tried to replace it with a coppy "acsess Denied" and Imagine my suprise
when I tried "cd system32" In the win dir , it let me into a directory
that did not exits, tried copying hal.dll again denied .
so I pulled my hard drive and put it in my wife's computer running win xp to look at the files and
low an behold A miricle
It said said the nfts structure was currupt and wanted to fix it
who was I to say no , after aprox 10 min. it booted normaly, I checked to see if the hal.dll was indeed in the system32 dir. reinstalled the HD in my computer and my computer booted without a hitch , sorry this is so long but I hope my story will help
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From: Frustrated on 10/01/2005
Microsoft XP is the worst operating system ever! As if going through this ordeal once was not enough, 2 weeks after fixing the system, and then reformatting both of my drives just to be sure I get the exact same error: hall.dll missing or corrupt.

This is absolutely ridiculous. I have tried everything, again. Nothing seems to work.

The first time, I after chkdsk and attempting to fix/edit the boot failed I tried reinstalling WinXP over itself - big surprise, that didn't work. Then I tried installing it in a separate directory on the C:\ - also failed -- although this one actually completed the installation unlike my first attempt.

Next I installed WinXP from the D:\ - finally that worked albeit with no drivers ... I was able to at least save my information though (painstakingly moving it from the C:\ which was barely functional to the D:\ and burning it to a CD). I reformatted both drives in the hopes of starting from scratch.

Everything was working fine -- 2 weeks late -- unfuckingbelievably -- exact same error, and this time I hadn't put anything on my computer except an Microsoft Office Professional and AOL.

Now, when I run "chkdsk /p" I get the error message: "The volume appears to contain one or more unrecoverable problems" ... "chkdsk /r" is now stuck at 57% after 2-3 hours.

Does anyone know what the underlying problem is? Is this really as simple as the boot.ini file needing rewriting?

Is reformatting going to work, or do I need to fdisk this POS or something else?

ANY help at all would be greatly appreciated.

I hope MS gets its shit together ... this OS sucks.

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From: estil on 09/26/2005
i need help my other computer says this it missing how can i down load it from mine to put it on the other one
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From: Lowli on 09/10/2005
I dont have any OS disks anymore, but just a quick note: For anyone who doesnt know how to boot up from CDRom instead of harddrie, then the option comes up, (I think its either F8, F10 or F12) this changes the boot up order. You need to move CD Rom to the top, or just press enter once it is highlighted.
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From: Kirtapit on 09/08/2005
I keep getting this same hal.dll message. I fixed it by reinstalling XP Pro. A month later wammo again. I have an extra video card in the machine so I will take it out and reinstall again. I'm thinking it has something to do with hardware conflicts or certain device driver corrupting window files. Or it could be that because an extra device is installed Microsoft thinks it is an illegal copy.

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns and I will be glad assist.

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From: Bill on 08/26/2005
Thanks! Went to Microsoft Knowledge base, and their info was useless. Fixed the problem by following advice on this site. Really appreciate it!!
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From: Matthew on 08/14/2005
Do a google search for dll file downloads. There are many sites that can help you out. And it sure did help me
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From: Mara on 08/14/2005
Hello,i have the same problem that everyone else is happening, its the windows root system32 thing, well i dont have the windows xp cd, is there any other way i could fix it??? i have tried f10 to restart it to where is jus bought out of the store, if anyone know what to do please write me at this email iwontgiveup700@yahoo.com if i dont get a fast response, thatnks for any ideas.
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From: Jack on 08/14/2005
well i couldnt fix my computer with the repair thing so i have found that the best way to fix it if the repair doesnt work is just to reinstall windows.
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From: feng on 08/12/2005
im having the same problem, nothing i do seems to work. i did chkdsk and they said the volume appears to hav one or more unrecoverable problems. Is there any other way i can fix this problem??Plz rply asap, thks
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From: Jack on 08/04/2005
yo, i just upgraded from Windows ME to Windows XP then everything was fine until my harddrive made this ticking noise and my computer would lock up then after having to restart alotthe computer would start then after a bunch of stuff i would get this message "Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:(Windows root)\system32\hal.dll. please reinstall a copy of the file" please help me on how to fix this?
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From: mrman on 07/22/2005
yo well i recently got into the same problem with windows. the big pos loop where u log in tells u its not activated takes you to activation screen and then says its activated and u press ok and get logged back out. YES very frustrating. Someone previously said they couldn't even log in in safe mode. Well I was able to log in in safe mode without too many problems and I did everything I could think of to fix it except for the obvious. I went and System REstored to like...months and months back to right before I installed Jedi Academy and now it works...i'll post again if it goes back to messin up. Thanx all of you for your help for your input inspired my brain to think further and harder.
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From: code1720 on 07/22/2005
I would like to thank you "LiSaV on 01/15/2005"

You saved my life. Before I tried your technic I couldn't access my hard drive or anything. After that windows still didnt open but I managed to re-install the windows to different directory. so now at least I am able to get my files back.

thank you sooo much.
so the lesson is GET YOUR BACKUP EVERYDAY!

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From: G on 07/07/2005
I need help none of these work for me. I can't copy that file because I can't access system32 folder. I tried using the recovery function and it still doesn't work. My hard drive will be detected in another computer but it says type: raw and i can't access the files in it. The only way i can see the files on the hard drive is using DR Dos. Can someone help me with this problem? I can't boot into windows or safe mode and it says i have the hal.dll missing. HELP HELP HELP
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From: Ray Gera on 06/16/2005
I got this problem on my pc by the worst thing is that every 3 or 4 days of switching an and off my pc it keeps loosing dll files any one know what the problem might be please?
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From: Attina on 06/11/2005
THANK YOU STAN!!! YOU SAVED MY LIFE!!!

I am a student and I am learning computers. I wanted to partition my drive with Acronis so that I can reserve 10g's to install Linux which is what I am currently learning. I got the <windows root>\system32\hal.dll missing or corrupt file error message also.

I was going to do the chkdisk fixboot that was listed until I got a message saying that it could mess up my system and I was not willing to risk it because all of my homework is on this PC.

I tried copy d:\i386\ha.dl_ c:\windows\system32 and I got "ACCESS DENIED".

I tried bootcfg /rebuild and I am back online. It worked. The /list was empty and rebuild found my 2 current XP installations (which I did with Partition Magic and not Acronis) and let me proceed with the rebuild. I am EVER SO THANKFUL!!

Attina

PS. LESSON OF THE DAY: BACK UP! BACK UP! BACK UP!!

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From: stan on 07/28/2004
For the Hal.dll file missing problem do this:
1.Insert and boot from your WindowsXP CD.
2.At the first R=Repair option, press the R key
3.Press the number that corresponds to the correct location for the installation of Windows you want to repair.
Typically this will be #1
4.Type bootcfg /list to show the current entries in the BOOT.INI file
5.Type bootcfg /rebuild to repair it
6.Type exit and take out the CD ROM

The problem is the BOOT.INI file on the root of the C: drive is misconfigured.
Any questions Email me Standarsh_27@hotmail.com

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From: Jay on 06/06/2005
I have a Dell Dimension that has this problem, I don't seem to have an actual restore disc for XP only my restore disc for the computer (when i say disc i mean CD sorry) Any help would be fantastic (LilYellowBusSpcl@aol.com) need help ASAP because two computers in my house have the problem (started with opening one stupid e-mail). Thank you.
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From: Kellie on 06/04/2005
Wow... worked like a charm!

Fixed the missing hal.dll problem after trying several options.
This is what was posted:

From: LiSaV on 01/15/2005
It worked!

What I did:

first, start with the way this previous post started:
Insert the XP disk into the machine and turn it on. A message will appear asking you to press any key to boot to the XP CD. Press any key and the machine will boot to the CD. When the setup screen loads choose the option to repair the windows installation by pressing R.

(if necessary, take a crash course from windows website on dos mode before next step:)

in dos mode, type:
C:\>chkdsk /p [enter]
fixboot [enter]
Y [enter]
exit [enter]

Thankyou Lisav you saved me a heap of work!

by the way this was an original cd !

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From: steve on 05/28/2005
LOL
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From: Al on 05/28/2005
Remember HAL in 2001 Space Odyssey, guess what he is back
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From: Steve on 05/27/2005
::Edit::

Jkelley07@stjohnsprep.com

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From: Steve on 05/27/2005
Alright, i have already tried many methods to get past this annoying <Windows Root> (etc) hmm what did i try, the fixboot i believe, the bootcfg commands wont work because the chkdsk /p isnt doing what i want it to, and basically i need files on my computer. the Raid 0 settings i had are gone *i think* but if i lose this info i fair a few subjects at least. i checked the order, i have it booting from cd atm cuz the HDD is a lost cause. please i have no answers for others but could people who kno have more then this web site. there seem to be a few people that know what they are talking about, but all have either lead to dead ends or me not being able to understand. please either Im me at Ifiwasarishman or e@mail me at Jkelley@stjohnsprep.org im really pulling out all i got, but this computer just hates me. lol on a side note, wouldnt it be great of i was rich, had all this stuff backed up, and didnt decide to chance the surround sound settings on my speakers. this all started with that, it restarted and never turned back on. for all u useless peopele waste ur time discussing how it happened to you. lol and no restarting bad in my case.
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From: Paul on 05/27/2005
I am still reading all the articles and deciding what actions I should do to recover my PC problem. But I want to describe to you how this problem come out to my laptop.

I am using a Samsung Q20 with 256MB RAM (128MB on board + 128MB on slot). I visited my friend last night who is a computer supplier. I asked him to sell me a 512MB RAM. He then gave me one to replace the 128MB on slot. After I turned on again the laptop, it then went into a page saying that my Windows XP was not shutdown properly last time, and need to run CHKDSK. I let it to run CHKDSK and after some messages come out, the message "Windows root\system32\hal.dll missing" and system halted. Even after I replaced the 128MB RAM back to the slot, the laptop remains the same.

Do anybody have any idea why this situation come out from the above condition ???

Thanks.

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From: Richard on 05/17/2005
Hi,
Had similar problem when I upgraded to XP. Here's how I solved it: On startup click F2 and do altP to "Boot configuration" first is diskette drive. Change this to "CD Rom drive" and then boot up from the disk. It will now load. Startup again and change the first boot config. back to diskette drive. Good luck.
Rick
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From: Andydn on 05/16/2005
I had this problem, ran chkdsk and it asked if i wanted to logon on to D:\Windows, at thta point realised the problem, for no reason at all it was trying to boot from my other drive so of course files were missing!!

Unplugged other drive...booted up fine....i shut it down, plugged in other drive again and it booted up again as normal...all fine!!

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From: Alejandro on 04/29/2005
I believe, after having been victim to this problem several times, that Microsoft itself, whenever they believe for whatever reason that you have an illegal copy of their $oftware DELETES system32 folder in order to disable your windows copy and force you to a reinstall (that is, to obtain a CD). I have verified this using a Knoppix CD right after the problem seeing that not only hal.dll is missing but the whole of system32. Not only that, it is interesting to know that many of us have received the message "Access Denied" after following all the instructions carefully. I believe this is a shameful and cowardly way to make their point accross, but not only that but an invasion of privacy into your own home and computers. I support a movement towards freedom, if we would just get a good Linux installation program, they'd be doomed.
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From: Sheldon on 04/28/2005
my little bad boy nephew destroyed my windows xp disk so that way is out of the question. how can i get past this annoyance? anyone? email me at HipHopGodd@aol.com with your suggestions. it will be greatly appreciated. hurry please, becuz i hate this computer that i'm on now. thank you
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From: D on 04/18/2005
How do i open a DOS in restore mode?
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From: andydom on 03/23/2005
Hi all,
I had this damn problem! You know what?..... before it happened, i was using "limewire" peer to peer file sharing network to download some of me favourite tunes. I unfortunately played one or two of the downloaded files in windows media player nine on my XPOS before scanning with my antivirus and the auto-protect was disabled.
How my problem started? On my final download i tried to open outlook express and the program just hung with no logo's or anything, just a blank box????? So i shut down my downloads incase of software conflicts. No result! I tried the restart to solve things thus giving me the error;
missing or corrupt <windows root>\system32\hal.dll file
I run a RAID Array of four hard drives which are in a 0+1 configuration, which is mirrored and striped. This is supposed to be a fool proof setup incase of a hard drive failure; one drive mirror images the other while the other two sort the applications at super fast speeds. "SO RULE THE HARD DRIVE FAILURE THING OUT BECAUSE I FORMATTED AND REINSTALLED OS AND IT WORKED".
***I think this is hacking or virus related!!!!!***

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From: georgia17 on 02/24/2005
Thanks for solutions.

I also had this problem! LiSav's (15.01.2005) solution worked for me. Earlier I had tried a variation on Keith's (09.10.2004) but access was denied.

I am not super computer savvy so I would like to know :

1. What caused the problem?

2. What have I done by fixing it using LiSav's (15.01.2005) solution? - replaced corrupt/missing file from XP disk or have I just just buried original file and started something new?

Again, thanks and am now going to take mike 78 ( 21.02.2005)suggestions re partition

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From: L on 02/23/2005
Mine doesn't ask for an admin password. It just goes into copying the files from the recovery disc. Then it tells me to restart/shutdown computer. Error 2:R:\shutdown.dll missing. How do I get to Dos.
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From: mike 78 on 02/21/2005
I had most of the problems expressed is other peoples messages i.e blank screen, flickering curser, windows R option not working

The only way I have found that works without fail is

always partition your harddrive say into c drive and d drive

load all programs and everything you can onto D drive (some programs will only load on C) then when windows crashes which it inevitably does you dont lose all your work because when you reinstall windows which always always always seems to be the only answer (and believe me I've tried everything) all your working files and most programs will be left on D drive and you will only have to reinstall the operating system and programs that force themselves on to c drive

people talk about searching the internet etc ...when the machine will not boot up you have no access to the internet....I have also never been able to get the repair system to work.

FINALLY
The message from LiSaV on 15/01/2005 looks as though it might work and I'll try that first next time I have the problem

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From: JonJan on 02/02/2005
For me, I received this error... and then it progressed to I could only get a blank screen with a blinking cursor. I couldn't use the CD-ROM or anything.

I fixed it by switching my keyboard from PS/2 to USB

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From: Brian2 on 01/28/2005
It seems that the CD drives do not work for me whenever i boot up. I get the same problem as all these other people but i've tried three different operating systems and none of them are reconized. I've pressed esc when booting up to get a list of what to boot from i go to CD-ROM and it says "No bootable device found" and that happens with three CD's which i know 2 of them have booted for me before so please help. When i get home i'm going to try putting a second harddrive on there and copying files like another person has said. Please let me know if you think this will work. I miss my nice computer. Lol
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From: joseph on 01/23/2005
i tried 2 start my computer and it said system 32 not there or not readable /so i tried safe /reboot/i tried evetything and still cant get any furhter it just keeps dumping info. i tried back 2 good restore point no good plz help .its not the computer i am on now
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From: LiSaV on 01/15/2005
It worked!

What I did:

first, start with the way this previous post started:
Insert the XP disk into the machine and turn it on. A message will appear asking you to press any key to boot to the XP CD. Press any key and the machine will boot to the CD. When the setup screen loads choose the option to repair the windows installation by pressing R.

(if necessary, take a crash course from windows website on dos mode before next step:)

in dos mode, type:
C:\>chkdsk /p [enter]
fixboot [enter]
Y [enter]
exit [enter]

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From: Computer Steve on 01/12/2005
The way I fixed this problem was to remove the hard drive and put it into my test computer as a slave. This allowed me to access the drive and thereby copy all important files to the boot drive. I then replaced the hard drive into it's computer and used a bootable CD called PC Professor Profeessional Edition Version 5 (highly recommend this disk) to format the lot. This disk will also flag off bad sectors never to be used again. Then, I partitioned the drive, reloaded the operating system and replaced the rescued data. Everything is now stable but I was unable to determine the original cause of the fault. If you need further help with this or any other problem please email me at northernwinds@westnet.com.au.
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From: y2ken on 01/11/2005
This is a known issue with Microsoft. Here are two links to Microsoft Help and Support that explain how to fix it. Good luck!

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;330184
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;320252

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From: The Saint on 12/26/2004
Please do not waste ur time this problem is caused by a hard drive failure so please do yourself a favour and chage the damn drive.
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From: Brian on 12/23/2004
I'm having a problem with my Windows XP Home Edition. When I boot the computer, the message Windows 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.

I have tried all of the discs. But there is one problem, I can't get on to the desktop. I can't load any discs. I can tell a virus or something got into my hard drive. If you have any suggestions please e-mail me at brianbartoszek@yahoo.com. I wanted to fix the computer for my dad for Christmas. And I still have 2 days to do it. Please reply with any suggestions. I am only 12 years old and my dad is sad because his 900 dollar computer went to waste. Please help me and my dad!
Thank you for reading this,
Brian

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From: ALETHEA on 12/04/2004
Suddenly, whenever I try to reboot, the screen displays a message: PLEASE REINSTALL "Windows root\system32\hal.dll"


- also -

Whenever I try to connect to internet, a message tells me to "reinstall Media player."

What can be done to remedy these problems? What caused these problems? Please respond ASAP at the following e-mail address:

Talethea@wmconnect.com

Thank You.

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From: BRIAN!!!!!!!!1 on 12/02/2004
I just reformatted and TRIED to put on XP, I got the screen that said
<Windows root>\system32\hal.dll and all that..I HAVENT got to install XP yet!! I did what "Koyaanisqatsi" step by step, but when I got to the LAST step where I had to choose which OS to use, I clicked on WINDOWS XP PROFESSIONAL and it went straight back to the screen that said "blah blah....<Windows root>\system32\hal.dll...."

ANY HELP?

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From: JIGZ on 10/17/2004
1st u must seek a virgin and a goat to sacrifice.....hehehehehe....


Try using Recovery Console; Type: CHKDSK /R....


F ds doesnt fix the prob....


I suggest u think and ponder deep f u wna have ur files extracted from u hard drive.....which will cost $30.00 minimum...

ciao!

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From: Jeremy on 09/23/2004
Got a friend who's computer has been constantly and spontaneously restarting itself. I imagined the problem could be solved by reinstalling XP, so now I just need to dig up my copy for him. Has anybody figured out what causes this problem? I was battling the results of Kazaa on his computer before this happened, so I imagined that may have been the problem, but I didn't see anything on here saying that someone had a problem with it.

Also, to the people at the top of the post, whos keyboards wouldn't work, it's because you have USB keyboards. USB devices don't work outside of windows. You need a PS/2 keyboard, the old style with the round plug and all the pins inside. One of those will allow your computer to recognize commands in dos, and thus you can fix your problem. Good luck to everyone!

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From: Bob on 09/14/2004
I have the same problem: <windows root>\system32\hal.dll is missing or corrupt

HOWEVER, MY KEYBOARD DOES NOT WORK, THEREFORE I CAN NOT PRESS ANY KEY TO BOOT OFF THE CD, TO GET TO THE WINDOWS XP SCREEN.

any help would be greatly appreciated, just email me at:

bsteamer1883@hotmail.com

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From: Steve on 09/10/2004
I was having the same problem with this and currently still havin this problem. Only when i try to boot from the cd it starts but then the keyboard will stop responding, Anyone have this problem? I went into the settings and made it boot the cd-rom first, after it does that it says press any key to boot from cd...But the keyboard wont respond, any clue on why im having this problem? No matter what i do after i hit f2 or just boot up regularly the keyboard lights will come on and then when it gets to the "hit any key to boot from cd" the keyboard lights turn off and wont let me do anything. Any help or suggestions would help alot. Thanks

please send a copy of your reply to TBLTOASTER@aol.com Just incase i have a problem getting back to this site. Thanks again

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From: Keith on 09/10/2004
<windows root>\system32\hal.dll is missing or corrupt

The solution to this problem is quite simple. I had the same problem myself and thought I would end up having to reinstall XP. I checked a couple of websites to no avail but eventually came accross one with the solution. I don't have the link to the site but here's the solution.
You first need your windows XP disk.

Insert the XP disk into the machine and turn it on. A message will appear asking you to press any key to boot to the XP CD. Press any key and the machine will boot to the CD. When the setup screen loads choose the option to repair the windows installation by pressing R. It will then ask you what drive (the drive windows XP is installed on)you want to go to. Choose whichever drive this is...C,D or E, etc.
It will then ask you for and administor password. Generally this is blank so just hit return but if you created an administrator password when you first installed windows then use that one.
You will be then brought to the dos prompt of the drive windows XP is installed on. Lets say for arguments sake the drive windows is installed on here is C and the CD drive is D
So you will see C:\>
At this prompt type the following copy D:\i386\ha.dl_ C:\windows\system32\hal.dll

So it should appear on the screen as

C:\>copy D:\i386\ha.dl_ C:\windows\system32\hal.dll
Hit return and it will then ask you if you want to overwrite the file hal.dll if its there, type Y and hit return. It will then say ! file copied.
When this is done simply reboot your computer and it should boot up normally.
It worked for me perfectly.


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From: maruf on 09/09/2004
Hi
I tryd to restart thewindow XP but I cunt do it beacuse the file

<windows root> system 32 /hal.dll was missed in my computer .Help me copy this file in my computer .........
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From: Gazi on 09/09/2004
My comment reply to this problem
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From: Keith on 09/09/2004
http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000490.htm

Hi

The above link is a sure fire way to fix this problem. The only thing I would say is that the site says expand x:\i386\hal.dl_y:\windows\system32\hal.dll

This did'nt work for me. I instead did this.

At the dos prompt

copy x:\i286\hal.dl_ y:\windows\system32\hal.dll

It gave me the option to overwrite the corrupt and I said yes, then I merely rebooted my machine and it came up fine. You do however need an XP disk handy for it to work.

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From: sAxMaN on 08/26/2004
I got this same problem loading XP with SP2 onto a freshly formatted HDD. Tried the bootcfg /rebuild thing but it didn't work. Looks like the HDD was shot because all worked fine when I changed it.
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From: joffster on 08/20/2004
I have the same problem as this one.

My system specs:
CPU - P4 Prescott 3.06Ghz HT
RAM - 1GB DDR
DVD - 8x DVD burner
HDD - 1x 80GB SATA & 1x 120GB SATA both with 8MB buffer

Booting using just WinXP floppy setup then Recovery Console does not work as WinXP does not load the required driver for the SATA drives.

My solution:
Produced a spare IDE HDD with Win98SE installed. Also got hold of the WinXP setup on CD. Changed boot sequence to boot from CD to load the setup and made IDE HDD the primary disk boot loader.

Booted from disk to load setup and pressed F6 to laod 3rd party drivers for SATA HDD. I got the Si generic drivers from the web.

Went to Recovery console and selected the IDE HDD console but I can already see the other SATA HDD.

From there changed the a file on the root folder of primary boot disk SATA HDD called "file010.chk" to hal.dll and moved this onto the windows\system32 folder.

Rebooted on safe mode to check boot.ini under XP. It took a while but XP finally showed up. Reboot again under normal and eureka! problem fixed.

I hope this helps!

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From: Greg on 08/19/2004
I got the error on my computer tonight. I have tremendous amount of client files I need to access. I cannot afford to lose this much work. When I bought my computer, XP was installed and I just have a recovery disk. Can I access the necessary file(s) from this disk, reload them, and have access to my client files again? If so, how? Many thanks, Greg
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From: Dan on 08/17/2004
I'm receiving this msg after installing XP Pro on a new HD. I did the partition, then format, then copy files to HD (all auto from the ORIGINAL XP Pro disk). But when the comp tried to restart so the instalation to proceed I got this nasty error msg.

Please help

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From: stan on 07/28/2004
For the Hal.dll file missing problem do this:
1.Insert and boot from your WindowsXP CD.
2.At the first R=Repair option, press the R key
3.Press the number that corresponds to the correct location for the installation of Windows you want to repair.
Typically this will be #1

4.Type bootcfg /list to show the current entries in the BOOT.INI file
5.Type bootcfg /rebuild to repair it
6.Type exit and take out the CD ROM

The problem is the BOOT.INI file on the root of the C: drive is misconfigured.
Any questions Email me Standarsh_27@hotmail.com

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From: Screwed on 07/26/2004
I am receiving the "Windows root\system32\hal.dll missing" error and my computer is unable to locate my drives. Do I have to get someone to rebuild my computer?
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From: Nienna on 07/25/2004
could someone help me. my laptop had that stupid <Windows root>\system32\hal.dll come up when i tried to turn it on and wouldnt boot up past that. I tires to bootcfg/rebuild thing and got an error, did a disk check and another error and can find anything else to do. i have a lot of important stuff on my hard drive and cant afford to get rid of it. please help me

thanks

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From: Nick on 07/24/2004
Were is this guys post you are talking about, i cant find it :(
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From: good-damn on 07/21/2004
fucking idiots LEARN HOW TO READ THE SOLUTION TO THE MOST PROBLEMS HAS ALLREAD POSTED
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From: Wade on 07/15/2004
***For everyone with this problem.*** Use Koyaanisqatsi's solution. It works like a charm. Try it first before attempting a Window's installation. It's easy, fast and effective.
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From: Tom on 07/12/2004
I just went through the same procedure with the hal.dll and it turned out to be the hard drive. This file was being written to a bad sector area and it was needed,the response was bad or missing file. Actually it was in a sector where it could not be retrieved. A drive surface scan revealed that the drive indeed bad. Hope this helps.
TK
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From: Wessam on 07/07/2004
Koyaanisqatsi is the man he helped me fix my thing. just one thing how can i deleat like 3 windows xp things poping up. lol
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From: albanianRebel on 07/06/2004
I just wanted to let u all know that hal.dll error is simply fixed by runing the setup either from an xp bootable cd or the 6 floppy and when u get to the install screen tell it that u wanna install it in the previos partioning usually which is set to C:/ and tell it u wanna keep everything the same,meaning no filesystem change and then tell it to install xp there and then it will say it needs to delte previous installtion hit L to continue or some like that.. so choose L and then it will say to remove floppy, or without flppy it will just restart and on restart it will boot ur xp just to the way it use to be TADA... or just recovery and do the bootcfg/rebuild .. hope this helps u all i actually loaded a linux vers from cd but then to get the thing to write in NTFS was a bitch so i didnt use the linux option to fix this prbm but i couldve
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From: CCPP on 07/05/2004
For all those that the computer is giving this message..<Windows root>\system32\hal.dll. is missing or corrupt, and you can't even get into windows to fix it.
Check the BIOS and set the boot sequence to HDD, CDROM then floppy, it should fix the problem. If not, means the HDD is faulty but you can trick the bitch. Install Windows 98 first then upgrade to windows XP, 100% problem is fixed.

Good luck

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From: Weazel on 06/21/2004
Trowing the goddamme computer out of the window might yet be the best solution i have seen here :D
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From: sabion on 06/20/2004
this should help everyone out who has the missing or corrupt hal.dll problem(it work for me)

HAL.DLL Missing or Corrupt

If you get an error regarding a missing or corrupt hal.dll file, it might simply be the BOOT.INI file on the root of the C: drive that is misconfigured

Insert and boot from your WindowsXP CD.
At the first R=Repair option, press the R key
Press the number that corresponds to the correct location for the installation of Windows you want to repair.
Typically this will be #1
Type bootcfg /list to show the current entries in the BOOT.INI file
Type bootcfg /rebuild to repair it
Take out the CD ROM and type exit

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From: sharon on 06/16/2004
I've stayed up all night trying to fix mine. Mine was how yours is Missy. The cd didnt work so I downloaded the 6 boot floppy's mentioned earlier on here. They actually, the 2nd time, got to set up!! I've installed xp pro again at the side of my corrupt one.

The question is, what happens next?!! Do I merge them together? or is my old stuff only accessible through c on my computer?

any helpers?

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From: Missy on 06/16/2004
my computer is giving me this message..<Windows root>\system32\hal.dll. is missing or corrupt, and I can't even get into windows to try to fix it. It will not boot past this. How can I re-install this file? I don't wanna loose all my programs if i download an XP program...please somebody email the answer to my problem , i really need help and a step by step instruction... Please help and contact me at Candlewnd@aol.com
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From: sharon on 06/15/2004
Hi, I too am now a member of this "not very exclusive" hal.dll gang. I can't do anything at all with my laptop. I only reloaded xp pro on it a couple of weeks ago and today it just doesn't start up beyond this error message. I've tried the ideas here - none work or i can't access & I've stuff from other sites too. Has anyone found a solution? I can access another pc so please email me on : mawersharon@hotmail.com if you have the solution or any ideas.

Hopefully I will hear from somebody soon!

sharon

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From: collazo on 06/11/2004
Hallo Dan,
thank you for a good idea - I hade this problem now for 6 weeks.
It was caused by #(4) BIOS-problem like you suggested.
Now I can show off... and tell all those smart helpers...
about Dan!
Mit freundlichen Grüßen
collazo
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From: MINA on 06/07/2004
I HAVE THIS PROBMLE AND I DON'T KNOW HOW TO FIX IT. WHEN I TURN MY PC IT IS SHOW THIS MESSAGE

i have one that show message (winodw could not start because the file is meissing or corrupt:

<window root>\system32\hal.dll.
please re-install a copy of the above file..

do u know how to get the file and how to install it. pleace help me

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From: Phil on 06/05/2004
I had the same problem. Koyaanisqatsi is the only post that helped me fix the problem.
I searched google to no avail, until I came across this thread.
Thank you!! Koyaanisqatsi
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From: Daniel on 06/01/2004
HI ITS DANIEL AGAIN, YOU KNOW THE ONE WHO COULDENT GET ON ANYTHING.

I JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW THAT IF ANYONE HAS A SOLUTION TO MY PROBLEM I WOULD REALLY APPRETEATE IF THEY COULD E-MAIL ME ON JACKO2004_911@HOTMAIL.COM

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From: Daniel on 06/01/2004
Hi, I recently installed an update of zone alram (zone alarm with antivirus). When it asked me to reboot I selected yes. When windows started up I noticed that there was a new error, one that I have never seen it said "SPOOLXG.EXE windows cannot accsess the specified device path or file. You may not have the appropriate permission to accsess the item". When this happend I thought nothing of it, but when I went to go on the internet it said the same thing but with "C:\PROGRAM FILES\INTERNET EXPLORER\IEXPLORER.EXE" at the top. This happend on every thing I went on. The only reason I managed to get on the internet with is a saved web page I found. So I rebooted again and pressed F8 at the startup to bring up the advanced options. I selected safe mode with command promt and an error came up saying "WINDOWS CANNOT START BECAUSE THE FOLLOWING FILE IS CORRUPT OR MISSING. <WINDOWS ROOT>\SYSTEM32\HAL.DLL.". So I just wanted to know if any one might be able to help me get rid of my problem, thank you.
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From: biglou on 05/21/2004
i reck my boot stuff all the time(2 times a week) (linux is so fun) what you do is get into recovery console if your not sure do all these (they may not work) type fixmbr then fixboot then bootcfg /add and it should work if it says no operating system found get a gentoo cd anf open fdisk and change bootable flag :D.
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From: dan on 05/18/2004
get the windows xp disk and installl what ever OS you have over again and it should work
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From: Rich on 05/08/2004
Hi, my laptop just recently began giving me the corrupt system32\hal.dll message whenever I try to reboot. I've looked all over this page and still can not find a complete solution to my problem. My computer came with Windows installed on it, so I only have a restore disk. Could anyone please send me instructions on how to fix this? I would hate to lose all of my data.. my e-mail is HMoth84@aol.com, thanks.
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From: martin on 05/07/2004
i really need some help. i installed a WS_FTP since i wanted to ftp some files form one laptop (ibm t23) to another (ibm t41). after the install - and after the ftp did not work - files were missing and once i rebooted the pc - i am getting the hal.dll file missing and cant bring up the pc.

i need the files on my old pc .. 3 yrs worth of work ...
is there any way i can recover those files ..even if that involves removing the drive ...

thx soo much - mls
go2mls-2003@yahoo.com

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From: Dan on 04/05/2004
I had this problem and solved it. I'm no expert but I understand that the problem is that Windows in booting up looks for HAL.DLL and can't find it. It can be caused by a number of things:

1) The boot.ini file is corrupt or pointing to the wrong hard drive. This needs editing (see solutions above)

2) If you have 2 versions of Windows installed the boot.ini file needs editing to reflect that (see solutions above)/

3) The hard drive may be faulty

4) In BIOS (that crazy CMOS startup place) the boot up sequence has listed the wrong hard drive (it needs to list the one with windows on, no doubt HDD-0).

My problem was caused by (4) above

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From: Samatman on 04/03/2004
for everyone reading this forum:
i had this problem after dual booting linux and windows 2003 server enterprise.
the problem persisted after reformating multiple times, installing just windows 2003, just windows xp and just linux. it even persisted to a brand new totally empty hard drive.
it turns out that windows 2003 seems to write boot info to the CMOS.
so if you have this problem and can't shake it, open up your box and either pull the cmos battery out, or if it's a new board move the clear CMOS jumper (pulling the battery might not help if there's a jumper).
and reboot and reinstall.
tho i was lucky enough to have be able to reofrmat the drive without loosing importand data.
so i'm sure you're clever enough to figure something out if you can't loose data, but try clearing your CMOS.
hope this helps someone.
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From: Simon on 04/02/2004
yer get a new 1
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From: Nick on 03/31/2004
Hi, I have a problem. My computer crashed today. Says that the hal.dll file is corrupt or missing and i cant get past that screen. what can i do..please email me at anhorn@uvic.ca
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From: Conrad on 03/30/2004
I've had this problem on a number of machines now and found its a hardware problem, one machine it was a new stick of ram that was dodgy or incompatable and the second i narrowed it down to the hard drive or cdrom corruption/conflict or falure so i removed both and reinstalled windows and worked fine.
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From: Shawn on 03/22/2004
My computer crashed and I got tha message, I cant even get it back to my desktop, what should I do? please email me: xxshawn_lambxx@webtv.net
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From: Beamuse on 03/18/2004
Here is a great site for obtaining missing dll and also free diagnostic and repair tools when you have system dll missing.

http://www.webattack.com/help/missingfiles.html

Have a great day
Beamuse

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From: douglas on 03/17/2004
thx william on 02/08/2003!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
your solution worked for me.

(mark partition active)
what a dumb program xp is ...

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From: Andrew Prince on 03/14/2004
How do I format my hard drive under WinXP?

There are several ways to format in XP:
1 During install
2. Using Diskmanagement under administrative tools
3. Using the recovery console
4. Using start run cmd then the format command.
5. Right click on the drive in explorer and select format.
6. Using a Win98 boot disk

Note: WinXP will not let you mess with the boot partition or system partition since both contain items required to boot and run winXP. Thus, you should use the install process to format system and boot drive.

Here is the easiest way to perform a "Clean Install" of XP:

Using Windows XP CD:
Insert your XP CD in the drive while running your current installation of XP.
You will be given some options here. You can select:
Clean Install
New Installation
Advanced
...and others I believe. But since this tutorial teaches a Clean Installation of XP, select "Clean Install".

Put a checkmark in the box to "designate where you want to install XP" (or some such dialog). Typically, you will choose to install XP on your C: drive.
Next, you will need to select the file system you wish to use. I recommend selecting NTFS as it is more sucure than the FAT32 system.
Setup will then format the partition you chose and then you can install XP clean on that partition. Be sure that if you have more than one partition, you select the correct one.
Install your Windows XP Operating System.
Using Windows 98 Boot Disk:

Get yourself a Windows 98 boot-diskette with fdisk. Delete all partitions and THEN boot from the CD. If XP's setup finds formatted partitions, it proceeds without user intervention. If it doesn't find any, setup will prompt you for partitioning and formatting.

Using Floppy Drive:

If you are not able to boot from your CD-ROM, try changing the boot order in your BIOS so that your CD-ROM boots first. If you happen to have a machine that doesn't offer a bootable CD-ROM, you can create the 6 boot discs (below) to allow booting from your Floppy drive.

Windows XP Professional Utility: Setup Disks for floppy boot install
(requires 6 floppies)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/release.asp?ReleaseID=33291

Windows XP Home Edition Utility: Setup Disks for floppy boot install
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/release.asp?ReleaseID=33290

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I get this error message" Unmountable boot volume".

When booting up to Windows XP you may get an error that reads: "Unmountable Boot Volume".

This is probably because your boot.ini file is messed up. Here is a possible remedy:

You can boot to the XP cd and when you see the "Welcome to setup" message, press the letter R.
You will then get a DOS prompt.
Then type: chkdsk /p [enter]
When that is done type: fixboot [enter]
Type: Y at the next prompt [enter]
Then type: exit [enter]
The system will now reboot into Windows.

If for some reason that didn't work, you can boot to the recovery console (example above).
Type: "chkdsk /r" [en

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From: Paul on 03/11/2004
Thanks 'Koyaanisqatsi on 01/12/2004', your advice fixed my boot problems first time.
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From: TC on 03/07/2004
Hello...

I get the message on start up my pc.

Windows\System32\hal.dll

How to solve the problem, please reply me as soon as possible.

tchk2888@netvigator.com

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From: AerinsDad on 02/28/2004
Well, Since misery loves company, i thought i'd sign in. I'm having similar error with HAL.DLL. ( I was running XP, used Partition Magic to create Dual Boot, tried installing Linux on new partition and got the error)

Tried everything below to repair, no luck.

1. Boot Options
-"last known good config"
- chkdsk

2. Recovery Console
-Fixboot
-Fixmbr
**Caution***
This computer appears to have a non-standard or invalid master boot record.
FIXMBR may damage your partition tables if you proceed.
This could cause all the partitions on the current hard disk to become inaccessible.
If you are not having problems accessing your drive do not continue.
Are you sure you want to write a new MBR

3. installed parallel system (c:\x\system)
This makes all data files and most programs available, but system is still messed up.
-copied original HAL.DLL
-ran Powerquest > PartitionInfo (no errors found)
-ran MSConfig > Boot.ini > Check all boot paths
"It appears that the following line in the BOOT.INI file does not refer to a valid operating system: "my_original_disk_partition\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Pro"  
Would I like to remove it from the BOOT.INI file? "

4. Found my Restore Point files in root, but i can't open them without booting into the system i can't boot into.

5. will try PowerQuest utility (CHKBTINI.EXE) tomorrow.

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From: Ralph on 02/26/2004






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Re: corrupt system32\hal.dll file
HELP!!!
Still can't boot XP!! Here's the situation.
1)out of the blue XP media edition won't boot, with error message about missing/corrupt hal.dll file
2) cp was purchased brand new with xp media loaded, no OS disk, and already setup, so administrative password unknown to me.
3)_with no media edition disc, I used friend's XP pro upgrade disc to install XP pro on second system disk; go through install, and complete microsoft activation. However, when rebooted , windows asks for administrative password (which I know since it was I who set up this OS), and when I type the password in, instead of windows opening up, I get an error box stating that this operating system needs to be ACTIVATED. Although I had already successfully activated it (received a confirmation screen stating it was activated), I click on OK (OK, yes I wll activate now), and the screen that comes up says "This verson of Windows is already acitvated. So I am in a repetitive loop-----boot, type in password, be told it needs activated, click OK to activate, be told it is already activated, be asked for password, type in password, be told it needs activated, etc. etc.

4) SO now I use the upgrade disk to enter into recovery console. When sked which OS system I want to log onto, I first try C;, but can't get in because I don't know the admiistrative password. So I log onto D: (the XP pro that I instaled with the upgrade disk). I then try all of the following:
a)BOOTCFG \REBUILD----it asks me to type logon disignation and I type "1", then aks me to type logon options (and I have no idea what tht means) so I type "1"
*I then reboot, get Os options to log onto, and try the original XP media edition--still can't get in duehal.dll error message. Try the Xp pro, and get stuck in same loop a above, i.e. type password, "need to activate", click OK, "already activated", back to password request, etc. Then I try to logon to the new entry called "!" which I added with BOOTCFG \REBUILD. It logs on, then the windows XP logo flashes on then off, the screen goew into a partially lit graytone (not the same gray as a blank screen, more like a gray anticipating womething going to happen next), and that's as far as ig gets. Windows never opens up, even if I leave the pc overnight
b) I then go back into recovery console, logon to D:, and try both FIXBOOT C:, and later FIXMBR. Both of these say mission accomplished, but when rebooting, UNABLE TO GET WINDOWS TO OPEN, and still get either hal.dll error if booting to XP media; get the "loop" when booting into the XP pro I installed on D:; or get to the partially illuminated gray screen when booting into the OS option I added and labled "!" using bootcfg \rebuild.

Oh yeh and I've also tried EXPAND D:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\HAL.DL_ C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM 32\ and get "access denied"

Any ideas here, from ANYBODY?

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From: Trevor on 02/23/2004
This seems like a big prob with windows XP!! I just did a fresh partition and set my hard drives up in raid, I wonted to set them up in 16bit striping, but I got that missing HAL.DLL Crap 8 ( So I tried to set it up in 32bit, but no so then I tried to set it up in 64 bit, and its still missing the HAL.DLL, I had it set up in raid before at 128bits, and it was working fine, until I found out that raid really screams at 16bit. After I petitioned and installed the setup files, including my 3rd party raid driver, I restart to get the windows loading and I get that Damn Missing HAL.DLL, and I tried the bootcfg /rebuild. But that did not work, I thought you guys said that you would have to do a reinstall of windows to get it to work? Well I have tried to install windows 9 times now different ways and start fresh but, I still get that message, so if any one that knows what they are really doing, can help us all out please do so quickly because this seems to be an ongoing problem. And I will let you all know if I find out how to get past this. Hang in there
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From: firewalker on 02/23/2004
Ok, so this is what happens to me:
I have 2 HDDs, 2 XPs, one is in the first partition of primary slave, the other is on the 4th partition of primary slave. So I edited my boot.ini as follows:

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(4)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(4)\WINDOWS="New Windows XP(Part4)" 1
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Old Windows XP(Part1)" 2
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(4)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect

And it works.
But after a few times, it fails again, like what you guys discussed above, missing hal.dll, no matter which option I choose.
The only thing I can do is to insert my XP cd-rom, and use the bootcfg/list function. ( I don't even need to do bootcfg/rebuild) After bootcfg/list, I restart my computer, and it works fine again. And it works well no matter how many times I re-boot. But today after work, I re-booted my PC again, and same thing happened again, I had to do the bootcfg/list thing over and over....
Why is that? Where did I do wrong?
Is it because I didn't install any os in my primary master?

Thnaks a lot.

P.S. If it's not too much trouble, could you please also send a reply to my email address ( rangers@seed.net.tw)?

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From: tra on 02/21/2004
my computer is giving me this message..<Windows root>\system32\hal.dll. is missing or corrupt, and I can't even get into windows to try to fix it. It will not boot past this. How can I re-install this file? I don't wanna loose all my programs if i download an XP program...please somebody email the answer to my problem , i really need help and a step by step instruction...lcallowa@hotmail.com
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From: Amanojyaku on 02/20/2004
To Koyaanisqatsi,

Your solution worked like magic - I ran 'bootcfg /list' and it came back with "no entries to display"!

I ran bootcfg /list and after exiting could reboot into Windows.

Thanks!

Amano

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From: Trevor on 02/18/2004
Is there any way to fix this problem without the Win Xp Disc. Is there a way to fix this problem with a Floppy. I went into the BIOS and made my CD-ROM the first bootable drive. I put the Win Xp disc in and nothing loads up. It still has the "missing hal.dll" error message. :( My floppy drive boots up just fine. Any help?? Thanx.
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From: Mr. Ruth on 02/13/2004
Thanks Barry on 11/15/2002 for your insight my computer is now working great thanks to your help.
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From: mark erickson on 01/25/2004
well i already encountered this kind of problem..just reinstall the whole operating system heheheh...
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From: Shilo on 01/22/2004
I have this same error message coming up. The problem is that as soon as I press any key, it automatically restarts my computer. I've tried putting in the only XP cd I have (an upgrade for XP) but it still just comes up with the corrupt error message. I was wanting to actually wipe the whole thing clean, but can't even get the diskwipe cd to boot. Any ideas ?
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From: Scott on 01/15/2004
Sorry...Thought it would post at the bottom.
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From: Scott on 01/15/2004
Hello,

The above process relating to the recovery console and bootcfg /rebuild is right on. There is info at powerquest.com (symantec of course!) and microsoft.com relating to this exact problem. I did get an error after trying /rebuild that said it could not scan because thr file system was corrupt but I did a fixboot and that allowed me to get my system back without having to do a re-install. I may decide to BURN Drive Image 7!

Scott

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From: Koyaanisqatsi on 01/12/2004
One way to edit this file is to Use the Bootcfg utility in the Recovery Console... this is good if your Windows won't start (reformatting and reinstalling Windows may be necessary to perform this task):

Use the Windows XP CD-Rom to start your computer (put it in your cd-rom and then restart).

When you receive the message to press R to repair Windows by using the Recovery Console, press the R key.

Select the Windows installation that you want, and then type the administrator password when propted. [if you never created one try just pressing enter]

Type bootcfg /rebuild, and then press ENTER.

When the Windows installation is located, the following instructions are displayed:

Add installation to boot list (Yes/No/All)
[Type Y in response to this message.]

Enter Load Identifier:
[This is the name of the operating system. Type Windows XP Professional or Windows XP Home Edition.]

Enter OS Load options:
[Leave this field blank, and then press ENTER].

After you perform the preceding steps, restart the computer, and then select the first item on the bot menu. This should allow Windows XP to start normally.

After Windows XP has successfully loaded, the Boot.ini file may have to be modified to remove the incorrect entry. For additional information about how to edit the Boot.ini file, go to Microsoft and search for the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

289022 HOW TO: Edit the Boot.ini File in Windows XP

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From: recon on 01/09/2004
You stupid a wipes dont get it!!! the person that started this thread is saying "Hey! I cant get windows to load and I get this error hal.dll and stuff--but your brilliant solutions are to stupidly go to start\run ect ect--DONT YOU GET IT--IF WINDOWS CANT START UP YOU CANT GO TO START\RUN\....THE PERSON IS SAYING THEY GET THIS ERROR AND CANT GET ANYWHERE PAST THAT!!!Stop filling up this post with miles and miles of DUMBNESS that I have to wade through cause I have the same problem on a pc I am working on...
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From: deb on 01/05/2004
to get puter to start from CD go into your bios when the computer starts. BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU CHANGE HERE! Go to the options for BOOT -- make sure that your CD comes before your Hard Disk in the boot order.

There are different ways to enter the bios, depending on who made it. If you watch the screen, it should show you which button to push.

Hope that helps!

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From: Mathew on 01/04/2004
Does Anyone know how to configure the computer to start from the CD-Rom drive? i tried my computers documentation and the company i bought the pc from is gone. Any help is appreciated
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From: Unknown on 12/20/2003
For hal.dll problems go here: http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_haldll_missing.htm
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From: Jason on 12/16/2003
Troops help me!!!
<windows root>\\system32\\hal.dll.is missing or corrupt!! I have XP pro and I'm in turmoil PLEASE e-mail me and suggest how I get myself outa piles of it!! jburbidge@btconnect.com
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From: bleh on 12/11/2003
lol funny thing is it happened when I tried to fix another problem

"invalid boot.ini file booting from windows"

the boot.ini read like so i think...
[boot loader]
timeout=1
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(3)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(3)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional" /fastdetect

so in msconfig I changed it back BAD MOVE on reboot I got the same error.

stupid thing is i never got a boot.ini error since I had this dumbass install a router on my network for me....im confused to why he would need to even touch my boot.ini tho. oh well going to edit back boot.ini if I can and reload hal.dll. i'll be back to say if it works or not.

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From: sharon on 12/10/2003
I NEED HELP! my computer just crash on meah a couple days ago and its giving meah this message..<Windows root>\system32\hal.dll. is missing or corrupt, and I can't even get into windows to try to fix it. It will not boot past this. How can I re-install this file? I don't wanna loose all my programs if i download an XP program...please somebody email meah ASAP, i really need help and a step by step instruction...email meah lowcal757@aol.com...
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From: someone on 12/06/2003
My missing Hal.dll problem occured when using Power Quest's Partition Magic to copy an XP Home system partion from one drive to another. This is NOT the first time i've seen this happen, I'd reccomend using a program other than partition magic to copy XP partitions. Even Ghosting a partition works more reliably than PM.

Barry on 11/15/2002 had the right solution.

Boot into the recovery console and use the "bootcfg /rebuild" command.
If you have a boot disk that'll work with ntfs partitions, you could manually edit the boot files, but his fix was easier.

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From: Delores on 11/23/2003
reload window xp it the only way of fixing this issue
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From: Ralph on 11/11/2003
<windows root>\system32\hal.dll, this is how far my computer communicates with me, how can i solve this promleb, pleeze give me a a step by step advice,my address is:rmathekga@earthlink.net
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From: kevinkrkosska on 10/28/2003
I may have meant to say, 'bootcfg' instead of 'fixboot', but one of those two will fix it if your situation is like mine. I had used Partition Magic to delete the HP recovery partition, and at next boot I got the missing hal.dll message. c:\boot.ini shows the partition that windows is installed in; in my case, it was wrong.
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From: kevinkrkosska on 10/28/2003
You need a WinXP installation cd; the upgrade cd works fine. Follow the prompts to log into the recovery console. Type help to see the available commands...to fix this particular problem, type fixboot
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From: quynh on 10/18/2003
My laeptop has not worked properly since 6 months ago but I don't know how to fix it.
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From: jim on 10/10/2003
Tried to load xp pro on lap top with me on it missing dll file as well HELP please lost all drivers cannot go on line with it & no back up disk. PLEASE HELP?????????
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From: Tclark on 10/07/2003
I'm having the same file missing. <windows root>\ststem32\hal.dll How do I fix this I'm stuck and the computer won't load windows.
tclarkwoh.rr.com
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From: Bill on 09/26/2003
Something went wrong with loading linux to my hard drive as a second OS. When my system did a reboot it gave me the message that my "hal.dll is missing or corrupt." Windows is installed in the c:\windows directory
I turned off my cable modem and reinstalled Windows XP in a different directory so my software wouldn't get damaged
c:\winXP
You can just choose a name that you haven't used yet for a directory on your root. When reinstalling into c:\winXP I needed to enter my product key code. It then wanted to register my software but I didn't have any connection available to do that. Unplug your Internet connection before that. When your system reboots you will see two selections of Windows XP. The one on top should be the right selection. If not, reboot and choose the other one. Going into Windows XP on the Start Menu it had the option of System Restore. I just choose that option and my system is back running. When it boots up now I don't have the key on it for registry so I guess my system works fine now. Right now I don't even want to try deleting the second install. If you don't have the System Restore option on your start menu go to Accessories, then System Tools, and then choose System Restore.
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From: Johnny on 08/27/2003
I have the same problem. <windows root>\system32\hal.dll
Please re-install a copy of the above file. What I want to know is how to do this when I have access to nothing on my computer except when it begins to boot and I hit F8, (by the way I'm using a Dell Dimension 2300) it brings me the windows advanced options menu and no mater what option I chose it keeps on bringing me back to the same old problem. What can be done to resolve this problem?
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From: matt blais on 08/20/2003
i keep getting ask for my windows xp disk so it can restall it and it told me my <windows root>\system32\hal.dll was missing so if sumone can help me i would really like that my email is blais_2002@msn.com
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From: Dr.s.k.rakshit on 07/21/2003
windws could not start due to missing of Windows root\system32\hal.dll missing "

how to reinstall this file?
prasanta
prasanta_kumar@hotmail.com

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From: Dr.s.k.rakshit on 07/21/2003
windws could not start due to missing of Windows root\system32\hal.dll missing "

how to reinstall this file?
prasanta

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From: Dr.s.k.rakshit on 07/21/2003
windws could not start due to missing of Windows root\system32\hal.dll missing "

how to reinstall this fill?
prasanta

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From: HellBent on 06/08/2003
i am running dual boot, linux mandrake, and xp pro...and i get the same error when i try to run xp pro...any ideas?
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From: Jason on 06/04/2003
Jase, and a few others say this problem happens with dual booting. For one, I dual boot all the time and never have seen this problem on my computer. But on my dad's computer, which is never set up in a dual boot config, he has gotten it twice in a week. It first happened, and he said we coudl not format that drive, he went out and bought a brand new 120GB hard drive to try again with. I partitioned it (I think 60GB and 60GB) and installed XP on the first partition. After installing all his programs, Service Pack, Drivers, and all tha tfun stuff, the system ran great for about a day, he reset, and he got the flippin error msg again.
Windows could not start because the dolowing file is missing or corrupt:
<Windows root>\system32\hal.dll.
Please re-install a copy of the above file.

So yea I woudl relaly appreciate a way to fix this and prevent this, because its real rediculous, and if anyone thinks they can help, my email address is jac64@uakron.edu and I would really really appreciate some help here.

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From: Ryan on 05/24/2003
Somebody help me!!!!!!!!! I recieve the message <Windows root>\system32\hal.dll. is missing or corrupt, and I can't even get into windows to try to fix it. It will not boot past this. How can I re-install this file? When I turn on my computer, it goes through a couple of screens, but nothing about windows, and gives me the error message. What do I do?????
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From: Chas on 05/21/2003
Thanks to Barry! (Posted in November) Method 2 saved my bacon. Worked EXACTLY like it said. Odd thing though. After getting back into Windows, in Disk Management, it appeared that the second partition (Drive D)had taken position as partition1, and the actual Windows sytem and boot partition was now partition2.

This system was created using Powerquest Drive Image, cloning an identical HP Pavillion 735n (both new out of the box, but having had been wiped, then XP Pro + Apps added to the first machine)to this machine. After the cloning, I was getting the %system root%\system32\HAL.DLL is missing or corrupt message. I made sure to uncheck the hide partions option in the default image creation routine, but discovered afterwards that the second partition was indeed hidden. Has anyone else been seeing this problem in cloning XP systems?

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From: Jase on 05/15/2003
This situation occurs when setting up a dual boot situation with Windows 2000 and Windows XP (it may occur with other setups). After Windows XP's install routine has finished copying files, and is ready to boot to the GUI portion of SETUP, you may receive the above error.
One possible fix. So far, this has been traced to an incorrect BOOT.INI file. To gain access to the Boot.ini:

Go to Start/Run and type in: msconfig. Then go to the Boot.ini Tab. Or...Right click the My Computer icon/Properties/
Advanced/Startup and Recovery/Settings/System Startup/Edit.

How to Edit the BOOT.INI File in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q289/0/22.asp

This user had 1 hard drive, partitioned into C and D drives. His BOOT.INI file looked like this: (the erroneous lines are in "blue")

[boot loader]
timeout=1
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(3)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(3)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional" /fastdetect

The 3 in the erroneous lines, above, points to the 3rd partition on the first physical hard disk. Since this user only had 2 partitions, this value was incorrect. Changing the value to 2, in both lines, allowed the user to complete Windows XP's setup.

The corrected BOOT.INI looked like this:

[boot loader]
timeout=1
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional" /fastdetect

HAL - Hardware Abstraction Layer

HAL is Microsoft's abbreviation for the Hardware Abstraction Layer, the technology and drivers that let the Windows NT, 2000, and XP operating systems communicate with your PC's hardware. HAL is one of several features--along with the NT file system (NTFS) that replaced the much less secure MS-DOS--that make NT-based operating systems more secure and reliable than Windows 95, 98, and Me.

HAL prevents applications from directly accessing your PC's system memory, CPU, or hardware devices (such as video and sound cards)--a method that can prevent many device conflicts and crashes. Unfortunately, HAL sometimes also slows or stops DOS games and programs, which need to load their own memory managers or control hardware directly for better performance.

With HAL in the way, developers must rewrite or even abandon their older software in favor of newer, HAL-compatible versions. Microsoft has pressured hardware makers to provide or support technologies such as MMX, DirectX, and 3D graphics language OpenGL, all of which allow fast but indirect access to the advanced high-performance features of video, sound, and CPU hardware. Such access also makes for a better visual experience when using Windows for Web and productivity applications; improved


Jase

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From: Desperate need of help! on 05/15/2003
Does anyone have a ntldr they can email me? My system crashed similiar to people below and after running recovery console, i get a message saying ntldr compressed. I tried copying it from my XP cd and started getting this error.

If you have the file, would appreciate if you could email me at samlee4444@yahoo.com

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From: dreamthief on 05/04/2003
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/xpehelp/html/xeconHALDLLisMissingorCorrupt.asp
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From: jo ann on 04/21/2003
My computer keeps saying files is corupt and won,t allow my prograns to start. It showes Window root>\system32\hal.dll. Please some one e-mail me @ jojo252@msn.com.with step by step instructions Thanks.
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From: jo ann on 04/21/2003
My computerkeeps sayingfiles is corupt and won,t allow my prograns to start. It showes Window root>\system32\hal.dll. Please some one e-mail me @ jojo252@msn.com.with step by step instructions Thanks.
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From: Lisa on 04/02/2003
My computer just did this to me the other day! I don't know what to do. When I try to reinstall windows XP, it won't because it says that a file in the C:/ drive is missing or corrupt. When I start, I get the Dos screen with the message that windows cannot start because the file <windows root>\system32\hal.dll is missing or corrupt. I have no idea what I'm doing or how to fix it. The windows customer support website is no help as I am not that knowledgeable about computers...I need step-by-step instructions. If anyone knows the answer, please email me or post it here!!!! lisgib20@hotmail.com
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From: Lynda on 04/01/2003
Help I have tried everything to fix my computer. It say the file <wiondows root\systems32\hal.dll. is missing or courrted. Please tell me how I can fix it. thanks
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From: Tasha on 02/26/2003
natashasams90@hotmail.com add me and help! i tried to make partition active but it wont let me! help! geesh!

tasha

aim-natashasams

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From: tasha sams on 02/15/2003
ok i need help badly! my pc shuts down when it wants...well really restarts unexpectedly. also i tried to re install windows xp and it says that system32/hal.dll was missing or corrupt. and i've had to activate it like 2 times a day! i dunno what to do! please reply to this post here or email me at natashasams90@hotmail.com. i really need help here! please help me!

tasha

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From: william on 02/08/2003
reply to Jason, from below:

If you have a dual boot situation and you can still boot into XP but not 2000, then all you have to do is boot into XP,
right click My computer | select manage | open up disk management |
right click the 2000 partition |select make partition active |
right click the XP partition | select make partition active

reboot into both operating systems!

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From: isidro on 12/26/2002
me falta estw harchivo
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From: Matt on 12/17/2002
Thank you to Barry. That was a life saver.
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From: Lindsay on 12/03/2002
The second XP upgrade over win98 I did gave me this hal.dll corrupt or missing error when the XP install re-booted. I copied the boot.ini file from my going XP machine onto the crook one and bingo, it worked. I can see the difference in the files but decided to copy instead of edit the crook one.

Thanks to Barry for the pointer to the solution.

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From: Windows root\system32\hal.dll on 11/28/2002
Windows root\system32\hal.dll
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From: justin on 11/26/2002
- Hi, Would appreciate some real needed help !
): I have recently installed XP Pro in My computer that was running Win2000 Pro. I have now a dual boot OS Win2000 and XP. I can start the XP but I can not start the win 2000 because as soon make the choice on the bootable menu It ask me to reinstall the missing or corrupted file (hal.dll)into the \system32\hal.dll.
Tryed varioous options including to replace the needed file into the OS win2000 through XP (that loads with no problem). What should I do to be able to start up any optio of OS?
"Any help would be greatly appreciated thank you !"

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From: Earl on 11/15/2002
Wow, that sounds like fun.... spend my whole weekend editing boot files.... i think i will try that linux thing.... time well spent and gates can shove it

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From: Barry on 11/15/2002
CAUSE
This behavior can occur if any or some of the following conditions are true:
The Default value in the [Boot Loader] section of the Boot.ini file is missing or invalid.
Windows XP is not installed in the location specified in the Boot.ini file.
The Ntoskrnl.exe file is missing or damaged.
The partition path in the Boot.ini file is not set correctly.
General hardware failure.
RESOLUTION
To resolve this issue, use either of the following methods.
Method 1
Edit the Boot.ini file to restore or correct the Default entry and to ensure that the other entries in the [Operating Systems] section of the Boot.ini file point to the appropriate directories.

For additional information about how to edit the Boot.ini file, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

289022 HOW TO: Edit the Boot.ini File in Windows XP


Method 2
Use the Bootcfg utility in the Recovery Console to correct the Boot.ini file:
Use the Windows XP CD-ROM to start your computer.
When you receive the message to press R to repair Windows by using the Recovery Console, press the R key.
Select the Windows installation that you want, and then type the administrator password when prompted.
Type bootcfg /rebuild, and then press ENTER.
When the Windows installation is located, the following instructions are displayed:

Add installation to boot list? (Yes/No/All)
[Type Y in response to this message.]

Enter Load Identifier:
[This is the name of the operating system. Type Windows XP Professional or Windows XP Home Edition.]

Enter OS Load options:
[Leave this field blank, and then press ENTER].

After you perform the preceding steps, restart the computer, and then select the first item on the boot menu. This should allow Windows XP to start normally.

After Windows XP has successfully loaded, the Boot.ini can be modified to remove the incorrect entry.
For additional information about how to edit the Boot.ini file, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

289022 HOW TO: Edit the Boot.ini File in Windows XP


Method 3
Start the computer by using your Windows XP CD-ROM. Press any key to boot from the CD.
After the setup files are finished loading press R to repair using Recovery Console.
When you are in the recovery console, select the installation to log on to (usually number 1), and then press ENTER.
Login to the Administrator account by typing the password for this account, and then press ENTER.
At the recovery console command prompt, type the following command, and then press ENTER:

For Uni-Processor systems:

expand cd-rom:\i386\ntoskrnl.ex_ drive:\Windows\system32

For Multi-Processor systems:

expand cd-rom:\i386\ntkrnlmp.ex_ drive:\Windows\system32\ntoskrnl.exe


Cd-rom is the drive letter of your CD-ROM drive, and drive is the drive letter of the hard disk on which windows is installed.
If you receive a prompt to overwrite the file

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From: Drakeman on 11/09/2002
http://www.mandrake.com/
Download, install, have a nice crash free life.
I used to be a windows user, I know. Now life is crash free, I do everything I used to do, but no daily restart!
I also saved hundreds of dollars on software I need.
You are right, you can't run a business with a crap OS. Don't bet the farm using windows.
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From: Pernicious@MS on 11/09/2002
I'm getting the same thing. First it carshed after 2 weeks of working fine then just now it says the above message and won't repair from anything anywhere. I don't know what we were thinking starting a buisness with this p.o.s Xp! Thanks A WHOLE FREAKIN LOT BILL F U GATES! Next time how about a reach around?? Fu MS!
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From: Baba on 10/10/2002

- Hi, Would appreciate some real needed help !
): I have recently installed XP Pro in My computer that was running Win2000 Pro. I have now a dual boot OS Win2000 and XP. I can start the XP but I can not start the win 2000 because as soon make the choice on the bootable menu It ask me to reinstall the missing or corrupted file (hal.dll)into the \system32\hal.dll.
Tryed varioous options including to replace the needed file into the OS win2000 through XP (that loads with no problem). What should I do to be able to start up any optio of OS?
"Any help would be greatly appreciated thank you !"


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From: ahned on 10/06/2002

: You are definitely not alone. I am also experiencing this problem. My Hp laptop had a similiar problem about a week ago and i had to completely restore my operating system...just as soon as i get things back to normal, i get this message. I have no idea what to do. Please help me. I'm about to throw the damn thing out the window.


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From: Thomas on 10/02/2002
You are definitely not alone. I am also experiencing this problem. My Hp laptop had a similiar problem about a week ago and i had to completely restore my operating system...just as soon as i get things back to normal, i get this message. I have no idea what to do. Please help me. I'm about to throw the damn thing out the window.

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From: Channing on 09/27/2002
You're not alone. I have been having problems with my XP installation, namely with a driver. I have been working with a tech at MS in Redmond. Eventually, his advice led me to what I thought was a partial restore of XP -- but Setup did not find that XP was already installed and wanted to start at the beginning.
And guess what! It stopped installing when it reported that the \system32\hal.dll was missing. So no operating system, except some leftover dos when I tried to reload 98 and couldn't.

Thank you Bill Gates.

Channing

: Hi, Please help !
: My computer crashed and this is the message i get on start up.

: Tryed to start in safe mode and at a lster date with no luck.
: Seen a post farther down on this site with a reply from Computerpilot .
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