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Windows could not start because the following file is corrupt or missing

Hi ~ Trying to fix son's compaq presario with the above message...tried safe mode, tried debug...keep returning to same message...any help greatly appreciated!

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Boot with a windows cd and do a repair install. It will reinstall all windows files. Please note, even though it should leave your data in tact, I would make sure you have a backup before doing so. After hitting F8 to agree to the terms and conditions on the windows CD, use R to do a repair install.

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Keep getting this message <window


Hello,
  • "Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
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  • "<Winnt_root>\System32\Hal.dll missing or corrupt:
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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.

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"<Winnt_root>\System32\Hal.dll missing or corrupt:


  1. Verify the boot.ini file is found on the computer by using a boot diskette or use your Windows CD to get to the MS-DOS "C:\>" prompt.
  2. From this prompt edit the boot.ini, verify that it is pointing to the correct operating system, and that no anomalies are found within the file. Below is a listing of what to verify
  • If only one operating system is on the computer verify that the boot.ini only has one operating system listed. In some situations an alternate configuration line may be added for the same operating system, leaving the improper line.
  • Verify that the "default=" line as well as the operating system line are the same and that they are pointing to the correct operating system.
Verify that the computer has the hal.dll file

From the MS-DOS "C:\>" prompt quickly determine if your computer has the "hal.dll" file by typing "dir hal.dll /s" at the prompt. If the computer returns a "File not found" message, the hal.dll has been deleted.

To recover this file boot the Windows operating system CD and choose the option to "Restore", "Repair", or "Recover." This option will prompt you for the Windows installation to use, the administrators password and will allow you to restore the proper file. At the MS-DOS prompt type the below command.

expand C:\i386\hal.dl_ D:\windows\system32\

In the above example "D" would be the letter of your CD-ROM drive and "C" the letter of the drive your operating system is installed on. For example, your disc drive may be D: and your hard drive is likely C:.

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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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See if you can go into setup by pressing the F8 key when you first turn on the laptop. It should bring you into a menu, if it does then choose safe mode. If you can get into safe mode then do a system restore back to a date when the laptop was last working properly.

If you can't get into safe mode then your system files are corrupt and you'll need to reset the laptop back to factory default and I believe it can be done by pressing F11 when you first turn on the laptop assuming the partition with the info on it is still there.

If you can't do this then you'll need to find the cd's that came with the laptop and install the operating system first and then the drivers and applications cd.

Let me know if I can be further assistance.

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I would find myself one of these: http://www.casecooler.com/3drto2dr.html

Take out your laptop's HD, hook it up to that convertor, slave it to a desktop, pull all your data that you don't want to lose to the desktop, put the laptop's HD back into the laptop, reformat/reinstall windows back onto the laptop, pull the HD back out of the laptop, hook it back up to that convertor, slave it back to the desktop, put your data back onto the laptop's HD, then put it back in the laptop.

That will leave you with a clean install that works on the laptop and you won't lose any data.

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