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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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Hi!! I have a Compaq Presario that a friend gave me a while back that used to work and start up..but it doesn't now and I haven't been on it in months. It keeps saying that: Windows could not


The "Win32 config" system folder and the files within it are crucial to the Windows Operating System's stability. If any of these files become damaged or corrupted, you likely receive error messages. Fortunately, Microsoft puts the files to repair these problems on the installation CD that comes with your operating system. The original install disk offers a quick way to repair the system. Damaged files are replaced in only a few minutes.

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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"

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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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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.

Ben

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I can't afford a brand new Windows XP boot disk Where


You should be able to download that file from microsoft, or try googleing "ntoskrnl.exe"
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<Windows root>\system32\ntoskrnl.exe.


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Sounds like the operating system could be corrupted, maybe try a restore to factory settings since its new? Try to hit "F11" on startup and do a factory restore to fix the possibly corrupt OS.

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Do you have the XP cd or the recovery cd's. This needs to be fixed by performing a Windows repair.
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Or it could mean that your hard drive is failing. Is the hard drive noisey?
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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.

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