One of my Dell laptop is causing problems starting up. I know it got that google virus and now I can't boot xp home ed, not even in safe boot. When I restart the computer, I get a msg saying 'windows root system32 hal.dll is missing or corrupt, please insert disk to install the file' something in that context. I can't even boot in safe mood to install this file or do anything.
So far I have done the following...
I booted the laptop with the xp cd and went in the recovery console
I ran attrib -h-r-s c:\boo.ini it gave me a message file cannot be opened
Still I ran Del c:\boot.ini it gave me a message saying an error occurred during directory enumeration
I ran bootcfg /rebuild the msg I got was failed to successfully scan disk. May be a corrupt file system, which would prevent bootcfg from successfully scanning.
I ran chkdsk...it runs and at 32% it gives an error....The volume appears to contain one or more unrecoverable problems.
I followed the instruction on the windows xp repair site with the xp cd, in part one, after pressing F8 to agree the T&C, I came across the following:
* The following list shows the existing partions and unpartitioned space on this computer.
* To Set up windows xp on the selected item, press enter
* To creat a partition in the unpartitioned space, press c
* To delete the selected partitioned press d
38155 MB Disk 0 at ID 0 on bus 0 on atapi [MBR]
-: Partion1 [FAT] 55 MB < 47 MB Free>
C: Partition2 [Unknown] 38092 MB <38091 MB Free>
Unpartitioned space 8 MB
When I select partion 1 I get this msg
The partition or the unpartitioned space you selected is to small for xp to set up
When I select unpartitioned space the get the same above msg
When I select Partitoned 2 I get the following msg
The partiton is either too full, damaged, not formatted or formated with an incompatible file system. To continue installing windows setup must formar this partition.
I am not able to go to part 2 of the xp repair guide.
What should I do next?
Thank you for your help.
I dont want to format the HDD as he has some files which are imp and dont wana loose them.