I "think" the PC crashed during an auto windows update on 2/17. It is set to check m$update on Sunday after patch Tuesday. The generic windows "installing" splash was flickering ... more like wigging out when I walked through the room. Then it appeared to reboot. Then the error "missing or corrupt hal.dll please reinstall ...
I have tried the alternate methods in M$ kb 314477: bootcfg/rebuild, then fixboot, now I get "load needed DLLs for kernel" error.
expand d:\i386\hal.dl_ c:\system32\hal.dll from the recovery console gave me a "cannot create hal.dll file" ... well something like that.
CHKDSK from the recovery console dosen't come up with any complaints.
Can't boot to safe mode at all.
I have searched through this and other forums, tried another method or two with no success.
By the way, this Windows XP Media Center sp2 has never crashed in the two years I have owned this machine.
All patches until now installed. Norton 360 fully operational.
I also installed the same copy of windows to my storage drive and tried to copy/paste the hal.dll file from system32 in this temp. install to the broken factory install, same error. I'm pretty sure hal.dll was missing from the broken system32 folder when I browsed it just before ctrl-v.
( I use the storage drive to capture enormous video files for editing. Best to capture on a separate drive from the capture software/windows system drive)
Sooooo... I think I'll do a recovery installation, a pain, unless there is another idea I haven't found yet.
But I want to back up some "access denied" files first.
I can browse the broken windows boot drive from the temp. windows boot, but some files I want to back up deny access.
OK ... more forum searching. At least the broken drive isn't dead.
At first, one critical folder in documents\settings in my login wouldn't open and showed zero files ... bad ... I attempted to change the owner (security permissions) in safe mode (from the temp. boot). Now I can browse the folders in the critical parent folder, but I cannot copy them. I think I did the "replace subcontainers" correctly also. Honestly I have tried so many times with different folders and files I can't remember what I did specifically each time. I do know I get access denied every time I try to copy. Most files I haven't tried to open or edit because I am not yet willing to install m$office/ m$money on the temp. drive until I'm really desperate. Also I think I encrypted this main and subfolders at one point, and/or made them private. The folder and filenames are green in windows explorer. I have shared digital photo files (not private) in another directory where some individual files deny access while others allow copy to the backup. I have been able to copy other files and folders in my documents\settings and all of the other users files as well. I was logged in during the initial crash.
Yeah I'm a mess, and only know enough to be dangerous. I really don't want to do a full windows install and redo all my programs, settings etc. The machine was just right before last Sunday. So I joined this forum to figure this out.
I promise to do backups before patch Tuesday each month in the future. Thanks if you can help.
Edited by dbldady, 24 February 2008 - 11:00 PM.