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HP NC6000 system recovery

I tried to switch from xp pro to xp home and now my computer says that Windows can not start becausse the followint file is missing or corrupt:
\system32\hal.dll. Please re-install a copy of the above file. I don't have a copy of that file. Is there anyway to restore without a disk? Or is there any place I can go online to download what I need?

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You have to get the cd.and please note you install the xp home first than xp pro

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you can do a clean install from your usb. i use this setup for all my flash drive boots.
WinSetupFromUSB - Install Windows XP from USB Flash Drive

This guide will show you, how to use WinSetupFromUSB to create a bootable USB Flash Drive including all Windows source files, plus the following installation of Windows XP. Compare to the different USB_Multiboot versions, WinSetupFromUSB comes with a Graphical User Interface (GUI) and is in my opinion easier to use.

Here you can get the latest version of the program and you will also find many detailed informations about WinSetupFromUSB.

I've tested this guide with a 32-bit version of Windows XP and a 64-bit version of Windows Vista and it worked flawlessly.
Prerequisites:

All you need is:

a USB Flash Drive with at least 1GB of storage
the original Windows XP Setup CD
WinSetupFromUSB

If you use nLite to slim down your version of Windows XP, please keep the following in mind:
DO NOT remove "Manual Install and Upgrade"
under Operating System Options!

I also recommend to integrate Service Pack 3 into your Windows XP source files.
1. Preparations

Download and install WinSetupFromUSB. Default installation path is C:\WinSetupFromUSB.

Create a new folder with the name WINXPCD in the root directory of drive C:\ and copy all files from your Windows XP Setup CD into this folder. Depending on your version of Windows XP, the content of C:\WINXPCD should look approximately like this:

Content of WINXPCD

The following files will show you, which Service Pack is already integrated into your CD:

WIN51IC.SP1, Sevice Pack 1
WIN51IC.SP2, Sevice Pack 2
WIN51IC.SP3, Sevice Pack 3

2. Start WinSetupFromUSB

Connect the USB Flash Drive to your PC and start WinSetupFromUSB. It should show up under USB Disk Selection :

WinSetupFromUSB - main window
3. Select your Source Path

Click on Browse under Windows 2000/XP/2003 Source and navigate to the folder with your Windows XP Source Files. It should be C:\WINXPCD:

Browse to Folder

Click OK and C:\WINXPCD should show up under Windows 2000/XP/2003 Source :

WinSetupFromUSB - source path
4. Format USB Flash Drive

PeToUSB or HP Format Tool are used to format the USB Flash Drive. There is no need to download these programs seperately as they are already included in WinSetupFromUSB.

USB Flash Drives up to 2GB should be formatted with PeToUSB in FAT16, USB Flash Drives with 4GB or more with HP Format Tool in FAT32.

I will use PeToUSB to format my Kingston Data Traveler with 2GB.

In the main window of WinSetupFromUSB click PeToUSB under Format target using to start the program. The USB Flash Drive should show up under Destination Drive. Check USB Removable, Enable Disk Format and Quick Format. Uncheck Enable File Copy under File Copy Options :

PeToUSB

Click Start and answer the following two questions "Continue?" with Yes.
All existing volumes and data will be lost!

If everything goes well, the message "Operation Completed Successfully!" should appear. Click OK and close PeToUSB.

The process with HP Format Tool is similar.
5. Copy Windows XP Source Files

To start the process of copying the Windows XP source files to the USB Flash Drive, click GO in the main window of WinSetupFromUSB. Depending on the write speed of your USB Flash drive it may take a while to copy all files.

WinSetupFromUSB - file copy

At the end the following notice about the Windows installation process should be displayed:

WinSetupFromUSB - notice

Click OK and close WinSetupFromUSB with EXIT.
6. Windows Installation - Part 1

Connect the USB Flash Drive to your PC and turn on the computer. Press ESC at the boot screen and you will be able to select the USB Flash Drive as your boot device from the boot menu.
The ESC key is used by ASUS for the Eee PC series.
Other manufacturers may use other keys, e.g. F8 or F12.

After booting from USB Flash Drive, the following menu should be displayed:

Windows XP/2000/2003 Setup - First and Second parts

Press Enter or wait 10 seconds to get to the next menu:

First part of Windows XP Home Edition setup
Second part of XP Home Edition setup+Start Windows for first time

First part of Windows XP Home Edition setup is already selected. Press Enter or wait 10 seconds to start the Text mode part of setup. During this part you can create, delete and format partitions and finally the setup files are copied to your hard disk. At the end the system will restart automatically.
7. Windows Installation - Part 2

After restart, boot the PC again from your USB Flash Drive. The same menu should be displayed:

Windows XP/2000/2003 Setup - First and Second parts

Press Enter or wait 10 seconds to get to the next menu:

First part of Windows XP Home Edition setup
Second part of XP Home Edition setup+Start Windows for first time

Second part of XP Home Edition setup+Start Windows for first time is already selected. Press Enter or wait 10 seconds to start the GUI mode part of setup. During this part you will be asked for your product key, timezone, usernames and other necessary informations. At the end the system will restart automatically.
8. Windows Installation - Part 3

After restart, boot the PC again from your USB Flash Drive. The same menu should be displayed:

Windows XP/2000/2003 Setup - First and Second parts

Press Enter or wait 10 seconds to get to the next menu:

First part of Windows XP Home Edition setup
Second part of XP Home Edition setup+Start Windows for first time

Second part of XP Home Edition setup+Start Windows for first time is already selected. Press Enter or wait 10 seconds to Start Windows for the first time. The Windows installation process will be finished and finally the Windows Desktop will appear.
DO NOT disconnect the USB Flash Drive too early!

At next startup you can boot into Windows from your hard disk.
Notes:

After successsful installation, the following boot menu will always be displayed during startup:
Please select the operating system to start:

Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
USB Repair NOT to Start Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

If you don't plan to use the repair option and want to boot directly into windows, you have to do the following:

Open the file boot.ini in the root directory of drive C:\ with Notepad:
[Boot Loader]timeout=30
Default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)WINDOWS
[Operating Systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)WINDOWS="USB Repair NOT to Start Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

Delete the following line:
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)WINDOWS="USB Repair NOT to Start Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
DO NOT delete the wrong line!
Your computer may not boot the next time!

Save changes to the file.

At next startup the boot menu will not be displayed.

If you want to keep the repair option, you can reduce the time to display the operating system options from 30 to 5 seconds:
[Boot Loader]
timeout=5

Save changes to the file.

At next startup the boot menu will be displayed only 5 seconds.

gd luck

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Have hp a1240n media center pc. hard drive failed and was replaced with 320GB hard drive & windows xp pro by local repair shop (no xp disk) shop is gone; computer loads, but now says windows not valid...


You can recover data from hard drive with data recovery software.Then format the drive toget it fixed.
For data recovery program,here are two of the best Iused.

For Windows: http://www.any-data-recovery.com/index.htm
For Mac: http://www.stellarinfo.com/mac-data-recovery.htm

You can download one of them and scan your hard drive for free to previewwhether your files can be recovered. They will show you the file name, type, dateand of your files and thumbnails for your pictures that it found on yourdrive.

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My Dane-elec 8GB USB has all of my pictures and documents on it carrying 4 years worth of information. Earlier i plugged it in everything was in some other language and my friend clicked defragment and now...


you might try a data recovery program there are plenty of free recovery programs on the internet

http://download.cnet.com/easeus-deleted-file-recovery/3000-2248_4-10867160.html
EASEUS Deleted File Recovery is a powerful and free file undeletion solution for Windows 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, 2008, Windows 7. It is capable to recover lost files even after a deletion or even when recycle bin has been emptied. It can undelete files on any valid logical disks visible by operation system. In the case of damaged disk volume or partition, please use EASEUS Data Recovery Wizard. EASEUS Deleted File Recovery is an easy-to-use program with a Graphical User Interface without technical skill requirement through the whole recovery process. Simply launch the software, specify the disk where lost data located, click "Next" button, all the deleted files will be listed. Bonus its free

http://download.cnet.com/data-recovery-assist/3000-2248_4-75104099.html
Data Recovery Assist allows you to recover lost, deleted, and formatted data on local and network drives, as well as removable drives. Data Recovery Assist supports Hard Disk, USB Drive, SD Card, MMC Card, Sony Memory Stick. Data Recovery Assist can recover deleted files emptied from Recycle Bin, lost data due to partition damaged, software crash, virus infection, unexpected shutdown or other unknown reasons. Data Recovery Assist provides a comprehensive data recovery solution for computer users to recover lost data. Data Recovery Assist Supports FAT16, FAT32, NTFS and other file system. Data Recovery Assist Supported all major file types, include text, exl, pdf, bmp, exe, html, jpg, avi, mp3, email, word and so on. You can preview deleted file before recover it. Operating System Support: Windows7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2003 and Windows 2000 Release Note: 2009-10-28 Add deleted files written-over caution,It's very important! 20010-01-01 Update skin and support vista and win7


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I forgot my password to my Free Agent GoFlex 500 GB hard drive. How can I retreive my data?


You could try this software it sounds pretty good although I have not used it so I am unable to direct you on how but it reads as though it has a password reset tool as well as windows password cleaner and a blank the password utility on any user that has a valid account on windows system and many other tools you might find helpful http://majorgeeks.com/Dr._Freeware_System_Utilities_d6416.html Dr.Freeware System Utilities which includes data recovery software, data backup, password reset tools for Windows helps you to maintain your system. Dr.Freeware is freeware, you can download and use it for free.
Data Recovery/Data Backup: Supports Logical scan and Raw scan, Supports NTFS, FAT, UFS 1, UFS 2, EXT2FS, EXT3FS, and ISO 9660 file sytem, Supports IDE/SATA/USB Hard Drives.

Data Recovery - Recover your lost data
Available in Live CD to run offline
Recover accidentally deleted files in your hard drive
Recover data from RAW Drive(partition table or file system is damaged)
Support NTFS, FAT, UFS 1, UFS 2, EXT2FS, EXT3FS, and ISO 9660
Support IDE/SATA/USB Hard Drives, memory cards, "
USB Memory Drives"

Drive Dumper - Backup your hard drive
Available in Live CD to run offline
Available to run on Windows
Support Windows 2K / XP / 2003 / Vista / 7 (Windows Editition)
For data rescue, backup, migration, or computer forensics etc.
Transfer important important data from damaged Drive(partition table or file system is damaged, has lots of bad data blocks)
Support NTFS, FAT, UFS 1, UFS 2, EXT2FS, EXT3FS, and ISO 9660
Support IDE/SATA/USB Hard Drives, memory cards
, "USB Memory Drives"

Windows Password Cleaner
Available in Live CD to run offline
This is a utility to blank the password of any user that has a valid (local) account on your Windows system.
You do not need to know the old password to blank the password.
Support Windows NT/2k/XP/Vista
Support IDE/SATA/USB Hard Drives

only trying to help

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Sep 06, 2011 | Seagate FreeAgent Pro - 500GB, 7200 RPM,...

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After inserting USB 4GB key in PS3, I get the message... USB is locked. I tried to find the lock/unlock switch on USB as suggested in dane-elec forum but can't find it. What to do ?


click start control panel administrive tools computer management device manager scroll down universal serial bus controllers you should see a yellow question mark?

right click to reinstall drivers

if you can see your usb drive but its not working

ports(com&lpt)right click update driver if this fails to fix the problem

click start control panel administrive tools computer management disk management right click on your drive select properties click tools you should see click check now click start two boxes automatically fix files and scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors place then a tick in both boxes then select check now start or you might tick one box then return after its finished the first repair then return and tick the second box you should not do anything while the chkdsk utility is in progress any input may damage this drive
http://majorgeeks.com/Dr._Freeware_System_Utilities_d6416.html

Dr.Freeware System Utilities which includes data recovery software, data backup, password reset tools for Windows helps you to maintain your system. Dr.Freeware is freeware, you can download and use it for free.
Data Recovery/Data Backup: Supports Logical scan and Raw scan, Supports NTFS, FAT, UFS 1, UFS 2, EXT2FS, EXT3FS, and ISO 9660 file sytem, Supports IDE/SATA/USB Hard Drives.

Data Recovery - Recover your lost data
Available in Live CD to run offline
Recover accidentally deleted files in your hard drive
Recover data from RAW Drive(partition table or file system is damaged)
Support NTFS, FAT, UFS 1, UFS 2, EXT2FS, EXT3FS, and ISO 9660
Support IDE/SATA/USB Hard Drives, memory cards, "USB Memory Drives"

Drive Dumper - Backup your hard drive
Available in Live CD to run offline
Available to run on Windows
Support Windows 2K / XP / 2003 / Vista / 7 (Windows Editition)
For data rescue, backup, migration, or computer forensics etc.
Transfer important important data from damaged Drive(partition table or file system is damaged, has lots of bad data blocks)
Support NTFS, FAT, UFS 1, UFS 2, EXT2FS, EXT3FS, and ISO 9660
Support IDE/SATA/USB Hard Drives, memory cards, "USB Memory Drives"

Windows Password Cleaner
Available in Live CD to run offline
This is a utility to blank the password of any user that has a valid (local) account on your Windows system.
You do not need to know the old password to blank the password.
Support Windows NT/2k/XP/Vista
Support IDE/SATA/USB Hard Drives
hope it helps

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Restore files from freeagent on to windows 7


In this case the MOST effective way is to try some data recovery program to see if it can help rescue your files on your Seagate external.

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WD My Book not displayed in windows explorer as drive letter


try other usb port, or other computer and see whether the hdd is detected. If still not, try to go to device manager ( http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000833.htm ), and then assign a drive letter to the hdd. After that, try to access it from Computer, if not able to access it, format it (use quick format) and then use this program to recover your files.
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Windows xp home does not boot


Replace the HDD.
You don't want your precious data on that drive.

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