Missing System File

  kat64 23:22 29 Jul 2006

On my other PC I have XP Pro. on the one partition and the other partition is empty.
I just switched on and after going through the diagnostics check I clicked on the Windows Installation as usual but instead of windows starting up I recieved this message:

Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
windows root>\system32\hal.dll
Please re-install a copy of the above file.

Can someone please advise.

  Themaestro023 23:25 29 Jul 2006

re-start but don't touch anything. See if you get in

  Themaestro023 23:27 29 Jul 2006

Is it a new hard-drive you using?

  Themaestro023 23:27 29 Jul 2006


  Themaestro023 23:30 29 Jul 2006

Sorry, what do you mean by 'windows installation'?

  Themaestro023 23:33 29 Jul 2006

Everytime you start your PC you go through a diagnostic test? Why?

  rdave13 23:35 29 Jul 2006

Are you talking to yourself...;))

  kat64 23:43 29 Jul 2006

sorry , I think i have got it wrong. Its not a diagnostics check i meant when i switch on it goes through a check of installed drives etc.
when its finished that it tells me to select which operating system i want to use.I click on Windows XP pro. as i always have but this time i get the 'windows cant start 'message.Its a maxtor 40GB HDD

  Themaestro023 23:58 29 Jul 2006

When you next get in....'right click' 'My computer', then select your hard drive (Normally 'C').Right 'click it', then (under the general tab) select 'properties, then click 'disk cleanup. It may take a few mins. When done, click the tab 'tools'. click 'error checking' and disable the bar/cross/whatever. Good luck

  kat64 23:58 29 Jul 2006

themaestro023.You asked me questions and I answered them is that talking to myself???

  kat64 00:04 30 Jul 2006

Hi,unfortunately I cant get into windows as it wont start because of the missing file.

sorry about my last message It should have been directed to Rdave13.

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