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Old March 7th, 2017, 10:45 PM
SpywareDr SpywareDr is offline
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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.