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I have formated the hard disk and loaded the OS 9 Microsoft Media center provided by emachine, but it keeps giving me error saying hal.dll not found reload the OS to fix the problem.

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<windows root>\system32\hal.dll file is


Resolution

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

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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, you should understand that you will lose them all if you continue with a clean installation of Windows XP.

10. 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 complete a "new" installation of Windows XP.

Mar 09, 2011 | Microsoft Computers & Internet

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Media center m370n keeps rebooting in loop wont start says KERNEL32.DLL was not found


Sounds like you have a boot error on the hard drive. Time to get out your rescue discs and reload Windows. When reloaded run CHKDSK/F to clear any errors. If you can run CHKDSK/F before having to format your hard drive, that may save you a lot of time.

Feb 05, 2011 | HP Media Center M370N (DM163A#ABA) PC...

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When I boot I get at times <Windowsroot>\system32\hal.dll. how can I cure this


If the system tells you the the HAL.DLL file is corrupted or has been modified in any way, run a simple repair installed.

HAL stands for Hardware Abstract Layer. It's a blueprint of the hardware installed in your computer at the time Windows is installed. It was one of MS failed attempts at stopping people from ghosting their OS installations to other computers, but the fail part is that all you need to do is run repair install and it will create a new HAL.DLL file with a new image, negating the issue entirely.

Aug 20, 2010 | Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition...

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Keep getting this message <window


Hello,
  • "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."

  • "<Winnt_root>\System32\Hal.dll missing or corrupt:
    Please re-install a copy of the above file."

  • "Cannot find \Windows\System32\hal.dll"

  • "Cannot find hal.dll"
The "missing or corrupt hal.dll" error displays shortly after the computer is first started. Windows XP has not yet fully loaded when this error message appears. CauseCauses of the "missing or corrupt hal.dll" error include, naturally, a damaged hal.dll DLL file or a hal.dll file that has been deleted or moved from its intended location.Additional causes may include a damaged or missing boot.ini file or possibly a physically damaged hard drive.

    Please let me know you have any further questions or concerns.
Thanks.

May 08, 2010 | HP Compaq 6720s Notebook

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Missing file or corrupt windowssystem32 hal dll how to fix if I can't fix it can I do a full system restore with an xp disk and driver disk from another computer?


You can put in your Windows disk and boot PC from the disk drive and then select to repair, this will not format your PC and will replace your hal.dll file. fixing windows and keeping your personal files.

Usually this works, but if it can't fix the problem it will tell you then give you a format option, at that point turn off the PC, take out the hard dive, hook it up to another pc as a slave or external drive to back up your files, then put the thing back in your pc and format.

but try to use the repair option of your windows disk. there is hardly ever an actual reason for people to format

Jan 02, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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Laptop was stuck in 'a loop' and wouldn't boot up passed initial XP screen. I have started the IBM Recovery program, but the message "...file is missing or corrupt: <Windows...


Thats telling you the disc may be damaged or dirty. Try cleaning the disc with a soft, dry cloth. LCD panel dusters are good if you have one. If this does not work contact the retailer for a new disc or get on a friends PC and legally download windows 7 from Microsofts website.

Aug 06, 2009 | Office Equipment & Supplies

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Deleted by mistake 3 rundll modules


You needs to restore Your OS or format entire Disk Partition and install fresh OS.But be carefully fresh OS will deleted entire data of UR partition.

May 18, 2009 | Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

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Windows system 32 hal.dll error after restoring e-machine


There's actually a number of reasons why these annoying little DLL errors happen, but the most common, is caused when new programs are installed over all old ones and the old ones are not completely uninstalled 100%, causing registry pile ups and of course, getting a .DLL error messages.

Another reason, is damage that's been done by malware/spyware/adware programs, attaching themselves to your PC and wrecking havoc, deleting crucial DLL files from your PC.

The hal.dll file is created during install from 5 other dlls. HAL is the Hardware Abstraction Layer and it's the interface between the system drivers and the actual hardware.

Copying hal.dll will not resolve the problem.

A lot of times the file will be reported missing due to corruption of the boot sector or of the file system

Causes of the "missing or corrupt hal.dll" error include, naturally, a damaged hal.dll file or a hal.dll file that has been deleted or moved from its intended location.

Additional causes may include a damaged or missing boot.ini file or possibly a physically damaged HDD.

Suggested remodies-

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

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

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. Replace the hard drive. Finally, 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.

10. Perform a new installation of Windows XP after installing the new hard drive.

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Apr 10, 2009 | E-Machines eMachines Desktop PC

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Hal.dll file missing, can't boot from xp disc as error states hard drive cannot be detected


Issue : Blue screen - Missing HAL.DLL error message
Solution :
1) Insert your windows XP CD into your CD/DVD drive.
2) Restart your computer.
3) Press the F12 key to access the one time boot menu.
4) Select Onboard or USB CD-ROM Drive.
Press any key when prompted.
5) The Windows XP Setup will launch.
6) Press R to choose the Repair option and enter recovery console on the Welcome to Setup Page.
7) bootcfg /rebuild
8) Enter Y and press enter
9) Type Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition or Microsoft Windows XP Professional Edition.
10) Type /fastdetect
11) Type Exit

Nov 15, 2008 | Computers & Internet

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Dll error


This is an operating system error. You will need to run a system repair or reload with your recovery or operating system disc. Start with a repair, if the repair doesn't fix it, then reformat and reinstall the operating system. If you have any issues or problems during the format or reload, then your hard drive has failed and will need to be replaced.

Jul 20, 2008 | Toshiba Satellite A75-S231 Notebook

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