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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-02-2008, 01:59 AM Thread Starter
 
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Computer missing/corrupt hal.dll file

I get this messege on startup <Windows root>\system32\hal.dll is Missing or Corrupt Re-install a new copy. I know alot of you are knowledge in multiple areas and was wondering if anyone could help! I no longer have the windows xp disk. what shall i do? It started up after about 150 tries and I am going to leave it on untill I can fix the problem. Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-02-2008, 04:15 AM
 
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Re: Computer missing/corrupt hal.dll file

There's nothing you can do aside from reinstalling windows. HAL means "hardware abstraction layer" - it's a critical piece of Windows kernel and it won't work without it. If it truly is missing, I'd get another hard drive. Windows can't delete this file by itself, so your hard drive is probably starting to go south.
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Agreed.
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Re: Computer missing/corrupt hal.dll file

Actually, I'm tier 3 tech support as my day job, and I saw a user with this problem just last week. There's a pretty good chance that this can be repaired if you have your Windows install disk. Put the CD in the drive and reboot your computer. When given the opportunity during bootup, change your boot drive to the CD and run the Windows Repair utility when it asks you if you'd like to do that. It SHOULD find that file is missing and replace it. The process might take some time, but it works most of the time with no lasting effects. If it DOESN'T work, then yeah...the only thing you can do is reinstall the OS. You'll want to reformat it first, though, if you can attach it as an external device to another computer...always better to reformat and realign those sectors, so to speak.

Like microdmitry said, this particular problem is also sometimes symptomatic of a hard drive that's on it's last legs...I've certainly seen it happen. If that's the case, then Windows Repair and/or reinstalling the OS will be a temporary fix.

Just my two cents.

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Re: Computer missing/corrupt hal.dll file

Definitely get a copy of the Windows XP disk, regardless of the problem.
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Re: Computer missing/corrupt hal.dll file

well, I restarted my computer succesfully. It said invalid boot.ini file during startup, but it did bring me to my desktop. I am currently using registry cleaners, anti-virus/adware programs etc. The computer is running perfectly fine while started, we shall see what happens! I highly doubt I need a new harddrive at this time.
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If your PC is booting fine but throwing up errors in windows, you can try restoring XP to a previous restore point. 99% of the time it will resolve all issues especially when you've made recent changes to your PC, like installing/uninstalling programs.
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Re: Computer missing/corrupt hal.dll file

yeah, thats what i did. My PC is still sick, but I am working on rebuilding it still. Any idea of how to get a copy of the windows xp recovery disk without spending a ton of cash?
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get ubuntu. its easier than finding a new XP disc. and its much better than Windows.
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Run a thorough scandisk job on that disk so that bad sectors get marked as bad and data won't be written to them anymore.
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Re: Computer missing/corrupt hal.dll file

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Originally Posted by AmazinAzian12 View Post
get ubuntu. its easier than finding a new XP disc. and its much better than Windows.
Will Ubuntu repair his Windows XP?



Didn't think so...
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