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Dee Kay January 22nd, 2017 06:58 AM

XP professional problem
When I turn on my computer, it boots up & comes on with a black screen with,

"Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:<Windows root>\system32\hal.dll. <Winnt_root>\System32\Hal.dll missing or corrupt:
Please re-install a copy of the above file.

I do not have an XP disk of any kind and tried to get one from bootdisk over a week ago and still haven't got my URL for me to download yet.
Any suggestions without cleaning out my hard drive?

Have pictures, programs, and documents that can not be replaced.
Thanks for any help!
Dee K

SpywareDr January 22nd, 2017 04:36 PM

Dee Kay January 23rd, 2017 08:42 PM

Thank you for your quick response!
I am going to try and do this with my flash-drive? Just change the boot-up options? Correct? Will I be able to keep my pictures, programs, and documents?
Dee Kay

SpywareDr January 23rd, 2017 08:52 PM

Langa Letter: XP's No-Reformat, Nondestructive Total-Rebuild Option


luzchurch February 26th, 2017 07:05 PM

Dee Kay: If you have not fixed your computer, send me a message at luzchurch/gmail.

IPR512 February 27th, 2017 03:27 PM


Originally Posted by luzchurch (Post 1297314)
Dee Kay: If you have not fixed your computer, send me a message at luzchurch/gmail

Hi Luzchurch
Just a heads up for you. If I were you I wouldn't post my e-mail address on a forum, because there are lots of spammers trolling sites, and before you know it everybody in the world will have your e-mail address.

Appzalien March 3rd, 2017 05:54 PM

Try this fix first:
Fix #4: Use Startup Repair to attempt HAL replacement.

The Langa Letter non-destructive reinstall will replace all your system files with the ones on the disk you use. Even if the iso or disk you acquire is SP3, you will have around 200 critical updates to re-download. The good part about doing this is you end up with the equivalent of a fresh install and your system may be more responsive than it was before the reinstall.
If by chance you do not use this PC online (XP is out of date and not secure online these days) you don't have to worry about the critical updates as much as you would if you were using it to browse the net. But I would recommend at least SP1 or SP2 since they fix issues with the system as well as critical flaws..

Dee Kay March 7th, 2017 08:30 PM

No luck yet? I wrote a g-mail
I am having a very perplexing problem! I wonder if you might shed some light on my darkened moments? I have been working on my computer, Windows XP Pro, for a while now, trying to get her up and running.
On a black screen, top left, it states the following, "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 searched and searched, trying different things trying to figure out how to fix her. I tried an XP Pro boot.ini on a floppy, but I downloaded it from my vista laptop. I tried to download vista onto the XP hard-drive, to give her a new look. But that does not work? I can not even get in to format the hard-drive, which I really don't want to do, because of loss of info.
The "A" drive works well and so does the CD. I am totally stumped! Any help or suggestions you might have to assist me would be greatly appreciated! And oh by the way, you might have guessed by now, I didn't make a start-up disk for XP Pro. Not so sure if would have helped or not, but, maybe you can let me know that also?
Believe me, my little girl, "vista" and I have been doing a LOT of internet searching to find out how to fix her mom!
Dee Kay

SpywareDr March 7th, 2017 10:45 PM

Before the Windows XP installation routine start installing Windows, it examines the hardware in the computer and then builds a HAL.DLL for that specific computer. If you don't have a backup copy of that file, you'll need to start the installation routine again so Windows can build another one for you.

If you don't have a Windows XP installation CD, you'll need to either borrow or buy one. If the Windows XP Product Key is on a sticker on the computer somewhere, it would be cheaper to borrow a Windows XP CD from a friend.

jonestony October 29th, 2018 06:46 PM


Originally Posted by luzchurch (Post 1297314)
Dee Kay: If you have not fixed your computer, send me a message on my email id at luzchurch/gmail.

you could provide the solution here, so that other users might get benefit as well if they get the same problem.

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