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Windows could not start error: refered by Rorschach112

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I'm working with Rorschach112 here on geekstogo.com in an attempt to remove a heavily imbedded infection. As part of the cleaning process, I ran combifix which restarted my computer upon completion. The subsequent boot hung and displayed the following message:

Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
<Windows root>\system32\hal.dll.
Please re-install a copy of the above file.

If I hit the enter key, it restarts but always brings me to the same point.

Please advise.
Thanks, Bill
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Hello Bill

I have just got word that we may need to try a few steps in your other topic. So please don't follow any advice here as there are some important things we need to do in the other topic
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I will close this topic for now.
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