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if it was running for more than 30 hours, it wasn't doing much. You can try copying hal.dll off of a known, good-working XP pc, and replace it with the one on your broken PC. It's better if you extract it from i386 folder but grabbing it from another pc should work fine.
You need to get a Windows XP from someone and follow these instructions:
Windows could not start because the following files is missing or corrupt
\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM or \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SOFTWARE
1. Insert and boot from your Windows XP CD.
2. At the first R=Repair option, press the R key
3. Press the number that corresponds to the correct location for the installation of Windows you want to repair.
Typically this will be #1
4. Enter in the administrator password
5. cd \windows\system32\config
6. Depending on which section was corrupted:
ren software software.bad or ren system system.bad
7. Depending on which section was corrupted
8. Take out the CD ROM and type exit
Insert the Windows XP startup disk into the floppy disk
drive, or insert the Windows XP CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive, and then restart
the computer. Click to select any options that are required to start the
computer from the CD-ROM drive if you are prompted to do so.
When the "Welcome to Setup" screen appears, press R to
start the Recovery Console.
If you have a dual-boot or multiple-boot computer, select
the installation that you want to access from the Recovery Console.
When you are prompted to do so, type the Administrator
password. If the administrator password is blank, just press ENTER.
At the Recovery Console command prompt, type the following
lines, pressing ENTER after you type each line:
md tmp copy c:\windows\system32\config\system c:\windows\tmp\system.bak copy c:\windows\system32\config\software c:\windows\tmp\software.bak copy c:\windows\system32\config\sam c:\windows\tmp\sam.bak copy c:\windows\system32\config\security c:\windows\tmp\security.bak copy c:\windows\system32\config\default c:\windows\tmp\default.bak