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You can access XP files from Vista but you'd need to take the drive out and inside your Vista machine, connect it up before it'll see anything.
Back up anything important and then I would probably just wipe it and go for a fresh installation. hal.dll missing doesn't tell you the whole story, it usually means a half dozen other files are missing or corrupt as well. If you want you can try a Windows repair off your XP CD.
Take the drive out the XP machine and put it (or connect to the mainboard) in the Vista machine.
The only other way would be networking it but as your computer doesn't boot anyway this isn't a possibility as you need a working Windows.
I do not believe you can access the XP files from the Vista in this configuration. I will humbly bow to being corrected if I am wrong.
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