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My PC used to run windows XP. I tried reinstalling XP to try and get rid of a virus that was slowing my whole system down to a halt. That didn't fix the problem. Then I did a 'manual clean up' (I deleted everything I could get my hands on from the C: drive). Now it won't boot at all. I'm getting a message that the file hal.dll is missing or corrupt. I tried making a floppy boot disk, but I don't know what I'm doing, and it didn't boot when I put it in the disk drive before powering on. It's my own stupid fault, I broke it. Can anyone tell me what to do to get my PC to boot?

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Does it do anything if you boot with the XP CD in, or maybe tapping the delete key right after the beep so you can change the boot priority to CDROM then hard drive will help, if you get to a repair option, do that.
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You're beautiful! All I needed to know was to press the delete key after the beep. I didn't know how to get it to boot from the CD-ROM. It's reinstalling XP now. :-)

THANK YOU!
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Thank you for letting me know
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