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Join Date: Jan 2009
Resolved - Missing hal.dll when installing xp from USB - 04-15-2009, 03:10 AM
Hello, I am installing xp home using a bootable USB flash drive using instructions from this tutorial: http://myeeeguides.wordpress.com/200...b-flash-drive/
I successfully installed xp this way in the past. I am now working with 2 separate internal ssd's and both are hitting the error: "Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: <Windows root>\system32\hal.dll. Please re-install a copy of the above file."
I found posts that this error can come up if the hard disk/partition information is input incorrectly on the usb's boot.ini. So I've made sure that this information is correct.
Does anyone know what other factors can cause the hal.dll error to show up?
Thanks for your help!
(the reason I am working on 2 ssd's is because my first one crashed and dell sent me a replacement ssd which they didn't wipe, so I am trying to get both my old ssd and the dell replacement to both work)
Join Date: Nov 2009
11-22-2009, 06:34 PM
I tryed to install windows xp on Dell latitude 2100 which has previously installed ubuntu. So I made bootable usb with windows but when I try to install windows i get hal.dll error. There is only one partition and has ubuntu installed. Could editing boot.ini solve my problem, and if it could what should i change?
now it looks like this:
C:\btsec\XPSTP.bs="1. Begin TXT Mode Setup Windows XP, Never unplug USB-Drive Until Logon"
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS="2. and 3. Continue with GUI Mode Setup Windows XP + Start XP from HD 1" /FASTDETECT
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(2)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Conti nue GUI Setup + Start XP from HD 2, use if installing on HD2" /FASTDETECT
c:\grldr="4. Start GRUB4DOS Menu - DOS FPY IMAGES + Linux + XP Rec Cons + Vista"
C:\btsec\XATSP.bs="Attended Setup XP, Never unplug USB-Drive Until After Logon"
Join Date: Nov 2009
11-23-2009, 03:55 PM
I solved it... I started installing in text mode and I didn't get hal.dll eror. Then I saw that i have 4 partitions, not one. After copying files on partition 2 computer restarted and but the same error showed and i was't able to continue intalling, (only to start text mode but it will start instalation over), so I edited my boot.ini such as loastb0y but intead of 3 i used 2 and it worked.. Thanks
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