My sister-inlaw has an older computer (Gateway 2000 manufactured 10-28-97) someone installed windows xp home edition ( I think not licensed) she does not have any CD's to reinstall or bootup.
The computer wont boot at all and I can not get in to fix the problem.
Error is Lost or corrupted file ( \system32\hal.dll) etc.
serial# is 0008249463
The origanel OS was windows 95B. My thought is that since the OS 95B only cost about $15 to $30 these days she should just buy and install the origanel OS. The Computer is not set up with that much RAM and I think it would run as it was designed.Brtter than it did with xp anyway.
Now all I have to do is convince her to buy it , unless you all have a way for me to accesse it to fix the problem.
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To resolve this issue, start the computer from the Windows
XP CD, start the Recovery Console, and then use the Bootcfg.exe tool
the Boot.ini file. To do this, follow these steps:
Configure the computer to start from the CD-ROM or DVD-ROM
drive. For information about how to do this, see your computer
contact your computer manufacturer.
Insert the Windows XP
CD-ROM into your CD-ROM or DVD-ROM
drive, and then restart your computer.
When you receive the
"Press any key to boot from CD" message,
press a key to start your computer from the Windows XP CD-ROM.
you receive the "Welcome to Setup" message, press R to
start the Recovery Console.
If you have a dual-boot or
multiple-boot computer, select
the installation that you have to use from the Recovery Console.
you are prompted, type the administrator
password, and then press ENTER.
At the command prompt, type bootcfg
/list, and then press ENTER. The entries in your current
file appear on the screen.
At the command prompt, type bootcfg
/rebuild, and then press ENTER. This command scans the hard
of the computer for Windows XP, Microsoft Windows 2000, or Microsoft
installations, and then displays the results. Follow the
instructions that appear on the screen
to add the Windows installations to the Boot.ini file. For example,
follow these steps to add a Windows XP installation to the Boot.ini
When you receive a message that is similar to the
following message, press Y:
 C:\Windows Add installation to boot list?
You receive a message that is
similar to the following message: Enter Load
is the name of the operating system. When you receive this
message, type the name
of your operating system, and then press ENTER. This is either
Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition.
You receive a message that is similar to the following:
Enter OS Load options When you receive
this message, type
/fastdetect, and then press ENTER.
instructions that appear on your screen may be different,
the configuration of your computer.
Type exit, and then press ENTER to
quit Recovery Console. Your computer restarts, and the updated boot
list appears when you receive the "Please select the operating system to
I'd first check that you have the hard drives installed correctly as you can have a primary and secondary drive ect. If you need any of the files I'm unsure but If you don't mind those files deleted you could reinstall windows xp. But from a different computer you could get the drivers needed for xp. Install the operating system xp for example and then from another computer dvd drivers such as network(Probably the most important) you can add those and reconnect to the internet and from there download the other drivers directly (IE video drivers). At least check the hard drive connections to see that they are the way you want them. Hope that helps somewhat.
XP Home Media Edition is technically a customized version of XP Pro. If you want to install the two versions side by side, you'll need to Dual Boot the computer, which requires changing the partition. There are various utilities out there that can do this, but it may end up causing problems for the older version of Windows. Do some research on setting up dual booting and decide if you're comfortable going that route. If not, consider having a technical friend or professional doing it for you.
The reason it wont boot from your other hard drive is because windows is expecting some different hardware on *********** bored, gets stumped and falls down.
On your computer there should be a license sticker. This will be rectangular with a green pattern on it. It will have your product key for what ever version of XP you are licensed for. You can place the drive which matches your version in your computer. Then, in order to get that install running on the new board, you will need an OEM copy of the appropriate windows disk. you may have received one with your HP, or talk to your geek friends who may have one.
to repair the load, boot off the cd. You will come to a window where you can press R (dont press R) for recovery console, F3 to quit, and Enter to continue. Then you will see a license. Press F8 to accept it. Then you will see a thingy that says "serching for previous versions of microsoft windows". Then it will show you the partions on the drive. select the OS one, usually marked "C". And there should be an option to press R for repair. Now you can press R. It will ask you for a product key. That is the one on the license on the side of the computer, also known as a COA (Certificate of Authenticicty). It will ask you for some other things too, like user names etc. Then you get to go hunt for drivers on the HP website. Lots of fun.
If you use his disk, that will be better, because if it is original HP disk, it should install all original drivers at all, however this may delete all files on the computer depending on the type of installation you do.
Installing an older version of XP home does not make a big difference , as windows will update the system using automatic updates. What must be done, is ensuring that all proper drivers are installed.
Check device manager, in control panel/system, and see if all devices are installed with proper drivers.
if you have windows 98 boot disk put that in, the firt thing you do is to go to f-disk and change the partions in it, then format c: drive. take out disk in A drive put in New windows XP CD and restart. the disk will run and install itself. and thats it. right now your partions are set to read only windows 95, 98, there are 2 options to choose from I belive the one you need is 32.