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Default hal.dll error installing from usb drive. - 01-04-2009, 10:36 AM

Please can someone help me, I have tried to install Vista, by using rickatnight's guide.

“So begins the actual install. Copying files will take about 2 minutes, expanding files will take about 15 minutes, and the rest (including a few restarts) can take up to an hour. Mine sat at Completing Installation for a long time when I ran the vLite stripped version, but I don’t think that’s normal. ” and after a while of sitting here for about 15 mins throws out an error saying c:\windows\system32\hal.dll is corrupt or missing. I have tried the procedure 3 times and I am still getting this error.

Please help Thanks in advance.
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Default Re: hal.dll error installing from usb drive. - 01-07-2009, 02:01 AM

they say that you need to erase all the partitions in the SSD. i do so and manage to install XP home

sory me no spiko english
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Default Re: hal.dll error installing from usb drive. - 02-15-2009, 01:40 AM

I also got the hal.dll error. It was because Dell installs a utility partition as partition 1 and if you don't delete the utility partition, Windows is installed on partition 2. The script created for the USB flash drive install is expecting the windows install to be done on partition 1 so on second boot, that is where it looks for the operating system.

I'm sure it is possible to modify the script to look for and use the second partition but I don't know how to do it so after getting the error, I went back and deleted all partitions and then installed windows. It worked fine after that.
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