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tried to start my pc and got an error message windows - root system 32 hal.dll missing or corrupt. Please re install a copy of the above file. So I put the XP disc in and hit F12 and selected CD drive. pressed a key and windows Setup started and once finished I hit R to use recovery console (following instructions posted online) and then the problem - i do not get a prompt to select windows all I get is C:\>
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C:\> is windows (assuming windows was install on your drive C)

Insert the Windows CD and start the computer.

When the Welcome to Setup screen appears, press R.

Type a number corresponding to the Windows installation you wish to repair (usually 1) and press Enter.

When prompted, type the administrator password and press Enter (if no password just leave blank and press enter).

At the command prompt, enter the following commands./ (The example commands assume that C: is your Windows drive. Change the drive letter if appropriate.)


Remove the Windows XP CD from the drive and restart the computer.

If this does not resolve the problem:

Repeat the instructions above to boot to the recovery console and log on as administrator.

At the command prompt type the following command:

(Assuming D: is your cd/dvd-rom, if not use the proper drive letter)

Hope this will help.

Please note:
OEM versions of Windows XP, including computers that were supplied with Windows XP preinstalled, may not have this utility, so the following steps may not work:

For more complete detail please see this link:

Edited by Alzeimer, 16 November 2010 - 04:12 PM.

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thanks so much - I will try that. I will not delete anything will I? I have it all backed up thankfully.
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