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XP home can't boot up hal.dll problem

By ralphchas ·
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I have 2 laptops both with same problem. They are both Inspiron 1011 Dell and run XP home version SP3. On boot up I get message corrupt or missing file winroot> \WINDOWS\system32\hal.dll missing or corrupt file . Please rreinstall a copy. I do not have an XP system disc as both computers came with OS installed and no disk. I found an XP Professional disk in my files (entitled Better PC Quick Restore CD for WIN XP) and tried to work with it with help of a video on Youtube. It copied files to the computer but I could not get it to boot up in Win. I can get to C:\windows\system32 directory on the computer. I copied the file from the disk but ti still will not boot up. It just takes me back to XP setup screen. I was careful to change the BOOTUP source on the computer (from Computer or CD ROM) when necessary. I have the feeling that the boot.ini file needs also to be changed bt this is a bit more complicated, although the video gives instructions. I am familiar with DOS commands. I am 86 yrs old and have used computers from the very beginning, but this one has me stumped. Any help you can give, will be greatly appreciated. I do not have a lot of $$ to devote to this. Your forum people have assisted me in the past some years ago and this is why I have returned. Many thanks. Ralph.

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XP cant boot up

by ralphchas In reply to XP home can't boot up ha ...

I fixed this after many hours researching fixes on the web. Got an XP home disk and got computer to boot into win. However, all USB ports stopped working. Problem was that my XP home disk was from 2004 and the Dell Inspiron was made in 2009. So I went to Intel downloads and downloaded a 2009 FIN file to make the chip compatible.This worked with the following minor problem. Computer will not boot up if mouse is plugged in. I have to boot it and then later connect the mouse (MS S/2 mouse). Other than that machine is rather slow, it works OK. Thanks for all the help. After I get it running faster I plan to give to grandchild. I think I have to just manage the resources better. This was the most complex fix I ever did.

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Sounds familiar

by gsh7269 In reply to XP home can't boot up ha ...

I have seen the differences between XP install disks to be only a few files over the years you identify. They were mostly inf files. Usually they addressed updated chipsets and that could affect your USB ports.

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