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How to fix error “Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt Windows \ System32 \ Hal.dll”?
The error "The following file is missing or corrupt Windows\System32\Hal.dll" error might occur if the System32 hal.dll file is missing or corrupt from your PC. The reason for this error can also be the change in the system configurations and henceforth windows might be searching for this file in the wrong place.
To resolve the issue "Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt Windows \ System32 \ Hal.dll" , boot the computer from the Windows XP CD and then start the Recovery Console. After that, use the Bootcfg.exe tool to rebuild the Boot.ini file.
To do this, follow these steps:
STEP 1: To boot your computer from CD-ROM, restart your system after inserting Windows CD.
STEP 2: Press any key after you receive the message "Press any key to boot from CD".
STEP 3: After receiving the "Welcome to Setup" message, press R to begin Recovery Console.
STEP 4: If you have a dual-boot or multiple-boot computer, select the installation that you have to use from the Recovery Console.
STEP 5: Enter the Administrator password when asked for.
STEP 6: Click “Boot your computer from CD-ROM. Click start, press run and then type cmd in the run box.
STEP 7: Again after typing bootcfg /rebuild in the command prompt box, and then press ENTER. (This command scans the hard disks of the computer for any present Windows XP, Microsoft Windows 2000, or Microsoft Windows NT installations on the PC and then displays the results. Follow the instructions that appear on the screen to add the Windows installations to the Boot.ini file. For example, follow these steps to add a Windows XP installation to the Boot.ini file: )
Step 8: When the Windows installation is located, the following instructions are displayed:
- Add installation to boot list? (Yes/No/All)
- You receive a message that is similar to the following message:
- You receive a message that is similar to the following
Enter Load Identifier
This is the name of the operating system. When you receive this message, type the name of your operating system (Windows XP Professional or Windows XP Home Edition), and then press ENTER.
Enter OS Load options
When you receive this message, type /fastdetect, and then press ENTER.
Note The instructions that appear on your screen may be different, depending on the configuration of your computer.
STEP 9: To quit recovery console type “Exit” and then press “Enter”. Completed boot list appears when you restart your system and then you receive the message “Please select the operating system to start”.
Thus following the above simple steps should resolve the problem "Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt Windows \ System32 \ Hal.dll".