System is running Windows Xp home edition.
Laptop does not boot.
Before booting issue, cdrom drive did not work.
How can i recover information off of drive?
Would like to do this at home due to sensitivity of data on disk.
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If you're running Windows XP and Windows crashes or becomes unusable, you may have to run a Windows XP recovery setup disk to make your computer usable again. When purchased, many computers don't come with a Windows XP recovery setup disk, but you can download one for free from Microsoft. The Windows XP recovery setup disk holds the computer software and files that you need to assist you in rebuilding your operating system.
Place a formatted floppy disk in your floppy disk drive. You will need six formatted floppy disks. Visit Microsoft's Download Center and download the version of the setup disk for your version of Windows (see links in Resources). http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=E8FE6868-6E4F-471C-B455-BD5AFEE126D8 Home Edition http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=8030 Professional Edition set up disks for floppy http://www.download3000.com/download_17676.html XP Recovery CD Maker Windows XP Home Edition and Windows XP Professional Edition have their own recovery setup disks and you must use the correct disk for your version of Windows. Click "Download" and then "Save." Find your floppy drive or optical media drive on the menu and click "OK." If Windows isn't functioning at all, you will have to perform these actions from a working PC. Remove the last floppy disk when the Windows XP recovery disk download is complete and place it in the computer on which you need to use it. Shut down your computer and then turn it back on. If your computer prompts you to boot from the disk, press Enter. If it doesn't, you'll have to go into your BIOS to set the computer to boot first from your disk drive. When your computer boots from disk it will automatically start running the Windows XP recovery setup disk from which you can then set up Windows XP. Hope this helps.
Restart your computer with the Operating system Setup disk
in the CDROM drive.If you are prompted to press a key to start the computer
from CDROM, do so quickly. Otherwise it may try to boot from the hard
drive.After a few minutes, you'll see a prompt to press the R key to start the
Recovery Console. When Recovery Console starts, it will prompt you to enter a
number corresponding to the Windows XP installation that you need to repair. In
most cases, you'll enter "1" (which will be the only choice). If you
press ENTER without typing a number, Recovery Console will quit and restart
your computer.Enter your
Administrator password. If you don't enter the correct password, you cannot
continue.At the Recovery Console command prompt, type fixmbr and then
verify that you want to proceed. Your damaged MBR will be replaced with a shiny
new one, and you should then be able to boot your system normally. In some
cases, you may need to repair the boot sector in addition to the MBR. If your
system still doesn't boot properly, repeat the steps above, but issue the fixboot command
instead.Hope this helps
when bootin up hit f 11 or f 2 to get into the boot and change you boot settings and use the boot from prim. hard drive and load into safe mode and run a virus scan and when ya can get on the net go get Ccleaner at cnet.come or also known as download.com and get it if this doesn't work when bootin up hit R repeeting until the hard drive recovery screen comes up do a hard drive scan to see if your HD has any major errors to fix, and then when ya download it again do from ms update offical site from now on ok if all this fails call me 952-451-0518 and will walk you through it ask for TA ok good luck
<windows root>system32hal.dll. is missing or corrupt. â How to fix it?â The Hal.dll file is the first file
that boot.ini tells the system to look for at boot. â Looking at it this way, this error message can be
rather misleading. In fact the reason could be a number of things, such as: â The boot.ini file is
actually corrupt or damaged, â or it is pointing the Startup to look in the wrong place.
The Hal.dll file is located in the System32 directory of your %SystemRoot% which in a default XP
setup is:â C:WindowsSystem32.â You can use the Dos boot disk (or NTFS Reader above) to
quickly determine if the file is missing.â If it is, then you should extract it from your XP CDrom and
place it in its proper location.Boot to your XP CDrom, and then choose 'r' to go to the Recovery
Console.â With your XP Cdrom in the drive, issue this command:Expand D:i386hal.dl_
C:Windowssystem32â â (This assumes the CDrom is D and your System Partition is C) â If this
does not cure your issue this may be due to issues in your boot.ini file.â â The boot.ini file is
actually corrupt or damaged, or it is pointing the Startup to look in the wrong place.
Resolution:â The easiest way to fix this is to boot to the Recovery Console and replace the old
boot.ini with a new one.â Once you have booted to the Recovery Console run these commands at
the prompt:Attrib -H -R -S C:boot.iniâ â â (This removes the attributes and allows deletion).
DEL C:boot.iniâ â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â (Deletes the corrupted boot.ini
file)â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â
BootCfg /Rebuildâ â â â â â â â â â â â â â â â (Recreates the new boot.ini file)If you would like
to view the boot.ini file, you will need a boot disk to get to the DOS prompt.â If you have formatted
with FAT32, then you may use a Windows boot disk (such as a W98 disk), but if you are running
NTFS, you will need a NTFS reader boot disk, such as NTFS Reader For DOS which is available for
download here.â To diagnose the problem, copy the boot.ini file from the hard drive (C:boot.ini) and
open it with Notepad.â You will want to verify that the "Default=" line as well as the ARC path line
are pointing to the right location.â Here is two examples of boot.ini files (ARC paths start with multi):
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect This
is a sample of the above Boot.ini file after adding another partition running Windows 2000
Professional. [boot loader]
multi(0)disk(1)rdisk(0)partition(1)WINDOWS="Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)WINNT="Windows 2000 Professional" /fastdetect
Well, maybe I can try, thus in your bios setting you can boot using usb cdrom? Or maybe its time to change your cdrom drive already. If you can borrow a good spare cdrom. Take this in for the meantime in exchange for your installed cdrom. Maybe your cdrom drive is faulty. Then if this is ok, it is now easy for you to get on.
Second option, you can take out your harddrive prime it, then have a partition (say d:\) with a copy of full copy of xp installer, and other important installer just have it foldered. Then I assume you can boot using a floppy drive with win98 rescue disk. After booting goto harddrive partition with xp installer. then click setup and set it up in c:\ . Then your go other software, installed it manually.
I do this coz it much faster to installed using harddrive and also it is only in xp.
The first thing to check is your boot order.. do this when the pc starts up by pressing which ever key is indicated to enter 'setup' usually f2, f12, or delete. and look through for boot devices or boot sequence. make sure it's floppy, cdrom, hdd drive which may be listed or hard drive, internal drive, etc).
Do you have your windows disk? If so try this... put in the cd and restart the computer and when prompted to "pressany key to boot from cd' do so. Enter Windows XP Recovery Console by click on R. The Recovery Console is an advanced diagnostic mode of Windows XP with special tools that will allow you to restore the boot.ini file.
When you reach the command prompt type the following command and then press Enter.
bootcfg /rebuild The bootcfg utility will scan your hard drives for any Windows XP installations and then display the results. Follow the remaining steps to add your Windows XP installation to the boot.ini file.
The first prompt asks Add installation to boot list? (Yes/No/All).
Type Y in response to this question and press Enter.
The next prompt asks you to Enter Load Identifier:.
This is the name of the operating system. For example, type Windows XP Professional or Windows XP Home Edition and press Enter.
The final prompt asks you to Enter OS Load options:.
Type /Fastdetect here and press Enter.
Take out the Windows XP CD, type exit and then press Enter to restart your PC.
Assuming that a missing or corrupt boot.ini file was your only issue, Windows XP should now start normally.
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
seems your MBR is damage. but you can repair it if only you can boot in windows cd and entering in the recovery console.
To run the Recovery Console from the Windows XP startup disks or the Windows XP CD-ROM, follow these steps: 1. Insert the Windows XP startup disk into the floppy disk drive, or insert the Windows XP CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive, and then restart the computer.
Click to select any options that are required to start the computer from the CD-ROM drive if you are prompted. 2. When the "Welcome to Setup" screen appears, press R to start the Recovery Console. 3. If you have a dual-boot or multiple-boot computer, select the installation that you must access from the Recovery Console. 4. When you are prompted, type the Administrator password. If the administrator password is blank, just press ENTER. 5. At the command prompt, type this commands one at a time.