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Post by JustDucky22 on Thu 13 Aug 2009, 1:30 am

My husband was on the computer last night and he said that he was listening to some music on itunes and that the computer just shut down. Upon reboot the following message comes up on a black screen:

Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt
/system32/hal.dll
Please re-install a copy of this file

I do have the xp disk to re-install but I wanted to know if there is anything else I can do as we do not want to lose all the info on our computer.

Thanks

J.P.

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Solved Re: Missing or Corrupt File Windows XP

Post by Xenos on Thu 13 Aug 2009, 7:35 am

here are a few ways that could solve it

  1. Restart the PC. The hal.dll error could be a fluke.

  1. Check for proper boot order in BIOS. You might see the hal.dll error if the boot order in BIOS is first looking at a hard drive other than your main hard drive.

    Note: If you've recently changed your boot order or recently flashed your BIOS, this may be what's causing your problem.
  2. Run Windows XP System Restore from a command prompt.
    If this doesn't work or you're receiving the hal.dll error message
    before you're able to complete this process, move on to the next step.
  3. Repair or replace the boot.ini file.
    This will work if the cause of the problem is actually Windows XP's
    boot.ini file and not the hal.dll file, which is often times the case.

    Note: If repairing the boot.ini does correct the hal.dll issue but the problem reappears after a reboot and
    you've recently installed Internet Explorer 8 in Windows XP, uninstall
    IE8. In this specific situation, IE8 could be the root cause of your
    hal.dll problem.
  4. Write a new partition boot sector to the Windows XP system partition. If the partition boot sector has become corrupt or isn't properly configured, you may receive the hal.dll error.
  5. Recover data from any bad sectors on your hard drive.
    If the physical part of your hard drive that stores any part of the
    hal.dll file has been damaged, you're likely to see errors like this.
  6. Restore the hal.dll file from the Windows XP CD. If the hal.dll file is truly the cause of the problem, restoring it from the original Windows XP CD may do the trick.
  7. Perform a repair installation of Windows XP. This type of installation should replace any missing or corrupt files. Continue troubleshooting if this does not resolve the issue.
  8. Perform a clean installation of Windows XP. This type of installation will completely remove Windows XP from your PC and install it again from scratch.

    Note:
    While this will almost certainly resolve any hal.dll errors, it is a
    time consuming process due to the fact that all of your data must be
    backed up and then later restored.

    Important: If
    you can't gain access to your files to back them up, understand that
    you will lose them all if you continue with a clean installation of
    Windows XP.
  9. Test the hard drive. If all else has failed, including the clean installation from the last step, you're most likely facing a hardware issue with your hard drive but you'll want to test it to be sure.

    If the drive fails any of your tests, replace the hard drive and then install a new copy of Windows XP.

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Solved Re: Missing or Corrupt File Windows XP

Post by JustDucky22 on Thu 13 Aug 2009, 10:09 pm

Xenos, Thank you. I used the XP Recovery Console to replace or repair the boot.ini file and it worked. I should also mention that I had to get rid of internet explorer 8. Much appreciated!

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Solved Re: Missing or Corrupt File Windows XP

Post by Xenos on Thu 13 Aug 2009, 10:49 pm

No problem

Glad i could help

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Solved Re: Missing or Corrupt File Windows XP

Post by syntax0error on Sat 03 Apr 2010, 10:33 am

HEllo! I am having this same problem: Missing Hall.dll file! I start the recovery console from XP Cd but i keep getting Access is denied! Just have C:>

i try to type in cd windows but it is denied! I have never been asked for passwor or anything !

What shell i do? Can you help me please?

THX in advance!

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