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Hi. I've got a PC running on Windows XP, it was running fine then i turned it on one day and i get a black screen with the following message..

Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt.
<windows root>\system\hal.dll.
Please re-install a copy of the above file.

i cant log onto windows or anything, just this screen.

I was told that i need to re-install windows to fix the problem so thats easy enough, then i was told when i re-install it i'll loose all the music , pictures etc.. off it. Not sure if thats right?

If it is , is there any way of fixing the problem without loosing everythin? as theres alot of things on it that are important to me.

I had a similar problem with windows 2000 a while ago, i posted on here and i had to make a disc and that sorted the problem, i tried the disc for this aswell but nothing..

Anyone help please? Thanx in advance :blink: :whistling:

Edited by hereschrisss, 02 April 2007 - 02:05 PM.

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Repair the Windows XP installation.

To do this, follow these steps:
  • Make sure that the CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive is the first priority startup device.
    See your computer documentation for information about how to do this.
  • Insert the Windows XP CD into the CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive, and then restart your computer.
  • When the instruction to "Press any key to boot from CD" appears, press a key. Your computer starts from the Windows XP CD.
  • When the computer starts from the CD, the system verifies your hardware, and then prompts you to select one of the following options:

    - To set up Windows XP now, press ENTER
    - To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R.
    - To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.

  • Press ENTER.
  • Press F8 to accept the Licensing Agreement.
  • A box lists your current Windows XP installation, and then the computer prompts you to select one of the following options:

    - To repair the selected Windows XP installation, press R.
    - To continue installing a fresh copy of Windows XP without repairing, press ESC.

  • Press R.
You'll get to keep your existing apps & settings, but you need to re-install SP2, Windows Updates & any unsigned drivers afterwards.
NOTE: Be aware that you'll lose any protection from Blaster / Sasser type worms. Don't go online without a firewall, whether the built in Windows one or 3rd party.

How to Perform A Re-Install Of XP.
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