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I cannot start my e-Machines 350-21G16i netbook. I`m being told that the following file is either missing or corrupt: "<Windows root >\system32\hal.dll" "Please re-install a copy of the above file." What is my course of action ??? M Hughes

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HAL.dll is a critical file of Windows - it's the only file that connects Windows with the hardware. This message appears when this file is either missing or not where it's supposed to be. Just 2 things can cause that: a failure of the hard disk or a severe Windows corruption. This in turn can be caused by 2 things : a serious virus infection(usually) or a really bad program that was running just before this message appeared.
The best way to fix this is to perform a full reinstall and then add only the absolute necessary programs. If the problem returns quickly then the hard disk is dying and you will have to replace it.

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If you cannot reinstall from your original system restoration disk due to counterfeiting or other problems, then you have to either A. purchase a new copy of Windows or B. what I recommended, download a copy of either Mandriva Linux or Linux Mint Live CD, (google it) burn it to a CD, then run/install to your netbook. You will need access to a healthy computer to download/burn the CD however, they do sell copies for about $5 US but you'll have to wait for it to come in the mail. You will need a usb external cd drive to install it though. There are also ways to install from a flash drive but it can be a bit complicated. If you run the live CD, you can test the operating system out to see if you like it first before you install it and also recover your document files from your hard drive if you need to do that before installing (it can run straight from the CD). Keep in mind though that the CD version will run a bit slower than the hard drive installation will. I am using Mandriva and it is much more stable than Windows (never the blue screen of death), doesn't require anti-virus, and boots and runs much much faster than Windows XP ever did. I only use Windows now for certain applications for my job but, for surfing the net, email and word processing, it's Linux all the way. My brother got rid of Windows XP and runs Linux Mint now. I have other friends doing the same.

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How cant i down load a microsoft windows 11 xp professional because a delated my micrososoft windows 11 xp professional because they have a problem and the problem of the microsoft windows 11 xp professional are \may be a victim of softwear counterfeiting\ how cant i do install a microsoft windows 11 xp professional i dont a CD of the microsoft windows 11

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Change your operating system to Linux Mint or Mandriva (free download) and enjoy a much better computing experience. That's what I did.

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    Explaination
    -The missing or cannot find hal.dll, \windows\system32\hal.dll, or \winnt\system32\hal.dll error message may be experienced on a Microsoft Windows 2000 or Microsoft Windows XP system when the boot.ini becomes corrupted or when a user is attempting to dual boot a computer.
    Solution
    -Verify that the computer boot.ini is present and not corrupted
    -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.
    -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.
    -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.
    -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 x:\i386\hal.dl_ y:\windows\system32\
    -In the above example "x" would be the letter of your CD-ROM drive and "y" 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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