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session3_initialization_failed message upon boot

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session3_initialization_failed message upon boot

luv2bike2
i am trying to get a friends computer back up and running however i have two issues..

1) when i got the computer, there was a message saying that the HAL.dll was missing or corrupt please reinstall, when it booted up. i was able to boot up to XP Home edition CD (which is what the OS is) and went into Recover Console. I do not have the administrators password but for some reason i was able to get to the c: drive. once there i was able to do a chkdsk /r and when it was finished it said that one file was fixed. so i thought cool.. maybe i can get into windows now. NOT. when the system boots up you get to the Windows screen with the progress bar going across the screen, after about 30 second or so, the screen changes to the blue screen of death and than reboots. it took several tries to take a picture of it so that i can see what the message said. The message said

"a problem has been detected and windows has shut down to prevent damage to your computer.

session3_intialition_failed

than all the jibberish stuff about if this is the first time .....

Any one have any idea how to fix this?

2) does anyone have a work around to get into Recovery Console since i do not have the password and the owners of the computer have no idea what it is, so that i can possibly copy the HAL.DLL from the XP CD to the hard drive?

Thanks,
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    OH Smeg

    It is a Record of the available Hardware of the system and as such can not be reloaded it needs to be built as the OS is installed.

    The Session 3 message is incomplete there is a Technical Information string of Numbers under it which is the actual Error Message.

    Reinstall the OS here but you need a M$ Branded Install Disc not the System Makers Recovery Disc as it's not a Full Version of Windows.

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315341

    Col

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    HAL.DLL Missing or Corrupt.

    If you get an error regarding a missing or corrupt hal.dll file, it might simply be the BOOT.INI file on the root of the C: drive that is misconfigured
    1.Insert and boot from your WindowsXP CD.
    2.At the first R=Repair option, press the R key
    3.Press the number that corresponds to the correct location for the installation of Windows you want to repair.
    Typically this will be #1
    4.Type bootcfg /list to show the current entries in the BOOT.INI file
    5.Type bootcfg /rebuild to repair it
    6.Take out the CD ROM and type exit

    Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.
    If this information is useful, please mark as helpful. Thanks.

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    luv2bike2

    once i go to Repair and it asks for which location to go to i choose 1 (the only one there) and it asks for a password.
    than it will go to the c: prompt. do i do the bootcfg /list there or do i have to be in the recover console?

    if i don't have the password than i can not do this correct?

    also what is so weird is that when i boot up and i get the error message about the sessson_initialization_failed message I decided to take the hard drive out and hook it up to another computer and go to the assigned drive ... all that shows up is the users files from docs and settings... that is it... no other files. but when i boot up the system (with its hard drive back in it) the systems seems to want to boot up into windows because it has the windows screen and the progress bar going across the system.
    so i am not sure what is up with that...

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    "BOOT.INI" file on the root of the C: drive
    Look for the "BOOT.INI" file in the c:\ drive.
    And follow the rest of the instructions i have given you. Hopefully it should work out.
    If not then get another drive and make the new drive master (if IDE type). Put the new drive in and load on Windows, do all of the updates etc, then connect the old drive. When all is ok, you can then access your data through the "my computer" icon.

    Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.
    If this information is useful, please mark as helpful. Thanks.

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    luv2bike2

    I will try this tomorrow (Monday) and will get back to you with the results. Thanks for responding. :)

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    Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.
    If this information is useful, please mark as helpful. Thanks.

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    luv2bike2

    I did per your instructions however I am still getting the blue screen of death error message ... session3_initialization_failed

    I have tried to boot up in Safe Mode, Last Know Config and normally, however the blue screen comes back every time. Do you think I should try to format the hard drive and start all over? or do you think there is a possibility that we can fix it?

    Thanks so much for your help!

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    But if you have any data on the drive then it would be better to get another drive, load on Windows on the new drive with updates etc, then connect the other drive and try and access the data through the "my computer" icon.

    Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.
    If this information is useful, please mark as helpful. Thanks.

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    luv2bike2

    Thanks. I will do that.

    FYI
    I have taken the data of the hard drive that i can. I removed the hard drive from the box and hooked it up to my computer through an external hard drive parts-power cable and ribbon cable -- basicially the same way you would by hooking it up inside the box... any way.. when i did that.. all that showed up on the hard drive was the users documents and settings.... no windows, program files or any other directories... which normally you can see when you do this hook up. I thought that was really weird.

    Thanks again for your assistance!

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    You were getting the errors because of the operating system was non-existent. Very odd indeed. Hope all is well now. :)

    Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.
    If this information is useful, please mark as helpful. Thanks.

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    luv2bike2

    and so far everything is fine.
    Thanks again for your assistance! :)

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    OH Smeg

    It is a Record of the available Hardware of the system and as such can not be reloaded it needs to be built as the OS is installed.

    The Session 3 message is incomplete there is a Technical Information string of Numbers under it which is the actual Error Message.

    Reinstall the OS here but you need a M$ Branded Install Disc not the System Makers Recovery Disc as it's not a Full Version of Windows.

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315341

    Col

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    HAL.DLL Missing or Corrupt.

    If you get an error regarding a missing or corrupt hal.dll file, it might simply be the BOOT.INI file on the root of the C: drive that is misconfigured
    1.Insert and boot from your WindowsXP CD.
    2.At the first R=Repair option, press the R key
    3.Press the number that corresponds to the correct location for the installation of Windows you want to repair.
    Typically this will be #1
    4.Type bootcfg /list to show the current entries in the BOOT.INI file
    5.Type bootcfg /rebuild to repair it
    6.Take out the CD ROM and type exit

    Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.
    If this information is useful, please mark as helpful. Thanks.

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    luv2bike2

    once i go to Repair and it asks for which location to go to i choose 1 (the only one there) and it asks for a password.
    than it will go to the c: prompt. do i do the bootcfg /list there or do i have to be in the recover console?

    if i don't have the password than i can not do this correct?

    also what is so weird is that when i boot up and i get the error message about the sessson_initialization_failed message I decided to take the hard drive out and hook it up to another computer and go to the assigned drive ... all that shows up is the users files from docs and settings... that is it... no other files. but when i boot up the system (with its hard drive back in it) the systems seems to want to boot up into windows because it has the windows screen and the progress bar going across the system.
    so i am not sure what is up with that...

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    "BOOT.INI" file on the root of the C: drive
    Look for the "BOOT.INI" file in the c:\ drive.
    And follow the rest of the instructions i have given you. Hopefully it should work out.
    If not then get another drive and make the new drive master (if IDE type). Put the new drive in and load on Windows, do all of the updates etc, then connect the old drive. When all is ok, you can then access your data through the "my computer" icon.

    Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.
    If this information is useful, please mark as helpful. Thanks.

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    luv2bike2

    I will try this tomorrow (Monday) and will get back to you with the results. Thanks for responding. :)

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    Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.
    If this information is useful, please mark as helpful. Thanks.

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    luv2bike2

    I did per your instructions however I am still getting the blue screen of death error message ... session3_initialization_failed

    I have tried to boot up in Safe Mode, Last Know Config and normally, however the blue screen comes back every time. Do you think I should try to format the hard drive and start all over? or do you think there is a possibility that we can fix it?

    Thanks so much for your help!

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    But if you have any data on the drive then it would be better to get another drive, load on Windows on the new drive with updates etc, then connect the other drive and try and access the data through the "my computer" icon.

    Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.
    If this information is useful, please mark as helpful. Thanks.

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    luv2bike2

    Thanks. I will do that.

    FYI
    I have taken the data of the hard drive that i can. I removed the hard drive from the box and hooked it up to my computer through an external hard drive parts-power cable and ribbon cable -- basicially the same way you would by hooking it up inside the box... any way.. when i did that.. all that showed up on the hard drive was the users documents and settings.... no windows, program files or any other directories... which normally you can see when you do this hook up. I thought that was really weird.

    Thanks again for your assistance!

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    You were getting the errors because of the operating system was non-existent. Very odd indeed. Hope all is well now. :)

    Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.
    If this information is useful, please mark as helpful. Thanks.

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    luv2bike2

    and so far everything is fine.
    Thanks again for your assistance! :)