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Hal.dll missing or corrupt.

As the title says, the hal.dll file in the system32 folder isn't working. It's in there and I've tried replacing it to be sure, but it isn't working. I've also tried to repair my BOOT.INI but I have no way of doing it since I don't have an XP CD to get into the Recovery Console or whatever it was called. I have this USB enclosure that you can put IDE hard drives in to let them be viewed on other PCs (which is very useful), but it seems I can't do anything. I've read solutions on the internet that suggest looking into the Windows directory in the ServicePackFiles folder, but there is no such folder on it (which is due to me reinstalling the OS to factory defaults). I have an eMachines computer that came with only a restore disc that only wipes the drive and reinstalls the original factory defaults, which I wanted to do, but I guess something went wrong. I've done this before, wiping my drive and reinstalling the OS via this disc, but I guess it didn't want to comply this time. Is there any steps I'm missing that could fix this problem?

It only gets past the booting screen, the eMachines sign, then it brings the message up "Windows cannot start because the following file is missing or corrupt: system32hal.dll. Please reinstall a copy of the above file."

Any help would be appreciated. I usually can fix these problems, but this one is pretty tough.

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I would recommend you buy a copy of Quick Boot ($9.99 at ebay shipping included), and use it to first to run a diagnostic on your drive since this is a quick and easy test, then use it to wipe the drive, then use it to reformat your drive, then reinstall your OS. If all this doesn't work, then it may be that you have a boot sector virus, which can render just about any system dead in the water. Good luck.

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