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I have a problem with my PC, it sais it is missing the <windows root>\system32\hal.dll how do i fix this without the disks? please any info would be gratefully appreciated
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Post details of PC please, Generic or branded.
Either way you could try this first, but it may well need the XP CD unless XP recovery is installed on a partition of the hard drive, usually found on some branded machines.
Click Start, click Run and type "sfc /scannow" without colons and note space between sfc and /scannow

Having re-read, It maybe and probably is that this message appears - and Windows XP will not load, please confirm

Edited by Macboatmaster, 21 April 2010 - 11:26 AM.

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# - Start the computer by using your Windows XP CD-ROM. Press any key to boot from the CD.

# - After the setup files are finished loading press R to repair using Recovery Console.
# - When you are in the recovery console, select the installation to log on to (usually number 1), and then press ENTER.
# - Login to the Administrator account by typing the password for this account, and then press ENTER.
# - At the recovery console command prompt, type the following command, and then press ENTER:

# - For Uni-Processor systems:
expand <cd-drive>:\i386\ntoskrnl.ex_ <hd-drive>:\Windows\system32\ntoskrnl.exe
For Multi-Processor systems:
expand <cd-drive>:\i386\ntkrnlmp.ex_ <hd-drive>:\Windows\system32\ntoskrnl.exe

Note: In these two commands, the <cd-drive> placeholder represents the drive letter of your CD
drive, and the <hd-drive> placeholder represents the drive letter of the hard disk on which
windows is installed.
If you receive a prompt to overwrite the file, press Y.
Type exit, and press ENTER at the command prompt.
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Please try the above steps and reply me with the results.
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I am of the opinion that he does not have the CD

how do i fix this without the disks? - from his first post
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when you can't even boot into safe mode you will have to repair xp...

for the how to repair your operating system guides...
go here...

if you don't have a xp cd you will have to borrow one from a friend or coworker...

it has to be the same flavor of xp you have installed...IE: if you have xp pro...the one you borrow has to be xp pro
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