Windows Startup Disk

By shdr87 ·
Created a Windows Startup Disk. On trying to boot up XP I get a message that a file "System 32\hal.dll is missing or corrupt." Intalled the file on the floppy but get the same message. System starts up normally without the disk. Any comments?

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Are these the instructions that you have followed

by Jacky Howe In reply to Windows Startup Disk

Create a Boot Floppy Disk with a Windows XP-Based Computer
1. Format a floppy disk by using the Windows XP format utility. For example, with the floppy disk in the floppy disk drive, type format a: at a command prompt, and then press ENTER.

2. Copy the Ntldr and the files from the I386 folder on the Windows XP Setup CD-ROM, Windows XP Setup floppy disk, or from a computer that is running the same version of Windows XP as the computer that you want to access with the boot floppy.

3. Create a Boot.ini file (or copy one from a computer that is running Windows XP), and then modify it to match the computer that you are trying to access. The following example works for a single-partition IDE drive with Windows XP installed in the \Windows folder, but the exact value in the [operating systems] section depends on the configuration of the Windows XP computer that you are trying to access:

[boot loader]
Default= multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\windows
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\windows="Windows XP"
If your computer boots from a SCSI hard drive, you may need to replace the multi(0) entry with scsi(0). If you are using scsi(x) in the Boot.ini file, copy the correct device driver for the SCSI controller in use on the computer to the root of the Setup disk, and then rename it Ntbootdd.sys. Change the disk(0) number to represent the SCSI-ID of the hard drive you want to boot to. If you are using multi(x) in the Boot.ini file, you do not need to do this.
4. Start your computer by using the floppy disk, and then log on to Windows XP.

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Need further suggestions

by shdr87 In reply to Are these the instruction ...

Had already done as suggested in items 1&2. Also had included the Boot.ini file.
Opened the Boot.ini file. It shows the following info:
[boot loader]timeout=30default=multi(0)disk(0)partition(2)\windows
[operating system]multi(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\windows="microsoft windows XP home edition"/noexcute=optin /fastdetect
I made this disk using my own computer as a bootup backup because of a problem in the past. Any more suggestions??

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Is that a copy of the Boot.ini

by Jacky Howe In reply to Need further suggestions

that is in the system that you are trying to start.

It looks to me that it is trying to start on the second Partition.

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by shdr87 In reply to Is that a copy of the Boo ...

Yes it is the Boot.ini file in the system I am trying to start. I'll see what I can do to rectify. Thanks.

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Have you setup

by Jacky Howe In reply to Thanks

a Multiboot system or is the reference pointing to the wrong Partition.

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by shdr87 In reply to Have you setup

The second partition is a remote USB2 partition I use as backup. Will disconnect and see what happens.

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