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Another Hal.dll nightmare, Please Help!

By truth ·
I have a very old computer that has just been awesome and had very few problems until recently. I have no idea what prompted the problem but it crashed and I had to recover it about seven times in a week. The only information that continues to come up is "missing system32\hal.dll"
How can I download this file? It doesn't work when I use my recovery disks, and I am pretty sure all my problems are linked to this. Please send me some information if you can. I really need this computer.
Sincerely,
Mamma Grace

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by david.wallis In reply to Another Hal.dll nightmare ...

Boot from the XP CD. Select repair and choose the Recovery Console. Follow the direction on the screen. When you get the command prompt, type expand d:\i386\hal.dl_ c:\windows\system32\hal.dll
* Notes: replace d: with the correct drive letter for your cd-rom

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Thanks so much, but don't have XP CD

by truth In reply to solution

I really appreciate this advice, and it may help somehow if I can find a way to access the file from a back up disk I made, but the computer came loaded with XP, so I did not get the disks. Is there any other way to get a hold of the file? I really don't want to replace my computer, I love XP and this has worked so well, but if it keeps crashing, I suppose I will have to. It is about 10 years old, but it usually works so well. Please let me know if you have any idea how to get a hold of the file or if I could get it if someone has the XP CD. I am more than willing to just save all my files and put another version of XP on it if I have to in order to make it run correctly and then re-install the files I really want. I really appreciate your help. It is amazing how many people are having this problem. I could not believe it when I saw all the posts. Could this be why my computer crashed to begin with?
Sincerely,
Mamma Grace

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