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Hal.dll missing, 2 OS's and clueless


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We do this formatting jobs on a daily basis and there is no doubt in my mind that you made a mistake along the way. Please do it again. Luckilly you have no data on this disk so the process shouldn't take more then an hour or so. I repeat:

  • Delete all the old partitions
  • Craete new ones
  • When the computer reboot at any stage during the installation do not press any key when asked to "press any key to run startup" (or something like that). Wait for about 5 seconds and you will see that the installation continues.
  • After the installation is completed (after you set user name etc.) take the CD out to avoid any chance for double installation.

Regarding the drivers: Windows does not include the drivers that showed up with a yellow question mark in your device manager. You have to install the drivers from the CD that was supplied with your computer or you have to download and install them from the manufacturer's internet site or, if the computer is generic, from the motherboard's manufacturer site.
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could that have been it? I deleted everything then installed but the cd was still in until after the computer restarted and the new desktop was created

i'll do it again
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I got the second OS off, I realized my mistake and now took it off and got the missing drivers. But I still dont have the stand by optiton and i'm just curious why it would show but not allow you to use it

i have a question, could i go from windows vista back to windows xp? for example a new computer with vista could i take it off and install XP instead? should i start a new thread for this question?
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What service pack do you have installed? Open System in control panel and there you can the details at the top. You should update your computer to SP-3 and beyond.

Check in your BIOS if there is an option to enable/disable standby mode.

To change from Vista to XP you have to backup the data and install XP on top of Vista, just as did in the present case.
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i have sp2 on, so i'll upgrad

and so i understand, i can delete vista like i did with my corrupt xp and reinstall?
one last question, my xp disk i can no longer activate because it says the product key has been used too many times, the comp crashed before but this disk has only been on one computer, does not activating cause any problems or can i let it go?
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If you do not activate windows within 30 days the program will lose most functionality and become useless.
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yeah i read that today, i have the disk, there's only one computer its ever been on, is there anyway i can use the same product key, reset it or maybe call them, anything
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