I have Windows XP Home. Yesterday, I installed NeoTrace Express 3.5 and when my computer went to restart the following error appeared in DOS:
Windows could not start because the following file is missing
Please re-install a copy of the above file.
If I use a Boot Disk, I can not see my actual C: drive. What I mean is, if I change to the C: it is actually showing the contents of my D: drive. I removed the HD and put it on my other computer and could access it. I looked and the hal.dll file was there. Both hal.dll files matched except for the time. I beliece my hal.dll' time was 8:00 while the one on my other computer says 12:59 AM, do not know if that matters. I got it to boot up like it always does, but thought I should run antivirus, spycheckers, and the works. I even went back a few days agp using RESTORE. When I had to reboot, it locked up again with the same error. Once again I was able to get back into Windows, do not know how I did it. Then this morning I turned it on and the same thing.
Is the hard drive going bad? I do not want to have to re-install XP, I just did it about 4-6 months ago. If I bought a new HD and copied whould that cause the same problem? Or could there be something wrong with the motherboard and/or processor. Because sometimes, very randomly, before the above problem happened, my computer would hang around the time it detects the CD Drives. I would hit reset and all would be fine.
Any help would be very helpful. Thank you in advance.
Also, where can I read how to do a soft install.
Edited by Xiren, 13 July 2006 - 05:29 AM.