If i reinstall windows xp...??
If i reinstall windows xp, will it keep all of "My Documents (music, pictures, etc)"?? currently everytime i boot up my computer, it is saying "windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: <windows root>/system32/hal.dll. Please reinstall a copy of the above file. I try to reinstall the file using the Recovery disk. When i give the following command:
"ATTRIB -H C:/Boot.ini
It is suppose to delete it but it says "access is denied". so after i do the bootcfg /rebuild command, it scans all disks for windows installations then it brings up an error message:
"Error: Failed to successfully scan disks for windows installations. This error may be caused by a corrupt file system, which would prevent Bootcfg from successfully scanning. Use chkdsk to detect any disk errors.
Note: This operation must complete successfully in order for the /add or /rebuild commands to be utilized."
So i do a chkdsk and it checks but doesn't say anything is wrong with it. All it says is that the "CHKDSK has finished checking the volume"
I have about 20 gigabytes of music files on my laptop and pictures from the Navy also in my documents that i really can not afford to loose. Can i reinstall windows xp w/o loosing all of my precious files or what? or will reinstalling windows xp reinstall windows xp and keep all of the files or if it doesn't, is there any way that reinstalling windows xp, can i some how search and save the files or what? I hope that I am making enough sense for somebody to understand. Any help is greatly appreciated.