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My computer(Compaq 5301RSH 5000 SERIES) won't start because "Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: system32hal.dll. Please re-install a copy of the above file." What can I do to fix it.

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Alright..Not a big problem..Generally happens due to some files corrupting. Put your Windows CD in the drive, boot form the Disc and choose to repair the operating system. The problem will be solved.

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Let me guess, Compaq did not provide you with an original Windows installation disc? Of course not. You can call Compaq and request they send you your restore CD's if you did not get them either. Or, you can shut down your system press the power button an as it is booting press shift F10 and follow the prompts for a system restore. It may require cds, this depends on the level of corruption/destruction state the system is in. There is a reason this file is corrupt or the file system became corrupt. Hope it helps, post for additional help.

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your problem is due to a missing or corrupt file this file is a key file that windows needs to operate.
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