hal.dll is either missing or corrupt ???

  Blokka 07:08 06 Feb 2004

A relatives PC has started to come up with the error "hal.dll is either missing or corrupt please reinstall"
I have tried to do this but to no avail, any ideas?
Also what would cause this?

  GANDALF <|:-)> 07:12 06 Feb 2004
  Blokka 07:21 06 Feb 2004

Thanks gandalf ill giv that ago this weekend when i see them

  temp003 08:31 06 Feb 2004

I assume the OS is XP.

Re the above link, after pressing R and then pressing 1, you'll be prompted for the Administrator password. If there is one, type it and enter. If not, just leave it blank and press Enter. You'll then get to the C:\WINDOWS> prompt.

When you use the bootcfg /rebuild command in XP's Recovery Console, you will be prompted to enter certain information.

When asked whether to add a certain installation of XP, say yes.

When asked for the load identifier, type:

Microsoft Windows XP Home

and press Enter (Home or Professional as the case may be).

When asked for the load option, type:


and press Enter.

When it's done, type exit and press Enter. Remove CD and let computer restart to see if it works.

If it doesn't work, post back.

  Blokka 08:27 12 Feb 2004

Tried all of the above and still no joy! still the same message as before

  temp003 10:12 12 Feb 2004

Do a repair installation. This will keep all programs and data intact, but XP itself will go back to original CD state.

Before you do the repair, use another computer to download (and burn to CD) the Microsoft Blaster patch for XP.

Boot from CDROM, at XP Setup screen, press Enter to enter Setup. Press F8 to accept agreement. XP Setup will detect existing installations of XP. It should show (normally) C:\WINDOWS

Press R to repair the selected Windows XP installation. Then just follow the prompts. From now on, if the computer needs to restart, don't boot from CD, let it boot from hard disk.

After installation is complete, computer will restart again and (hopefully) load Windows XP.

Once in XP, apply the Blaster patch immediately, before going on the web. Then reapply all Windows updates.

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