windows won't start

  caulkhead 12:13 16 Nov 2006

After starting my desktop computer, windows started normally, a new window appeared stating backup of files will take place when you re-boot, which I did. Next line came up "invalid boot ini file" then it said "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".
Operating system is windows XP. Can anybody please advise me what to do as I haven't got a rescue disk just the windows XP disk which I received with the computer. Any help would be gratefully received.A

  howard64 12:19 16 Nov 2006

try starting in safe mode my hitting the f8 key as windows starts

  Gongoozler 12:20 16 Nov 2006

Try this solution from Microsoft click here

  Legolas 12:23 16 Nov 2006

If all else fails you can try a win XP Repair. This will not affect the data you have on your computer it just reinstalls and repairs Win XP.
click here

  caulkhead 12:52 16 Nov 2006

Thanks for the prompt replies. Tried the F8 key but still the same. Would like to try the other solutions but to do this, how do I configure the pc to start from the CD-ROM ?

  VoG II 12:56 16 Nov 2006
  caulkhead 13:25 16 Nov 2006

Thanks for the post VoG. This may take a while to complete. Will post back later hopefully with success.

  caulkhead 10:27 17 Nov 2006

Thanks guys for your help.After starting the pc in cd mode, I followed the Microsoft solution/XP repair and although it took a while to complete, all seems to be back to normal.

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