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Old 08-18-2005, 04:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Missing/Corrupt File


I periodically run Disc Cleanup and delete everything, but this particular time I noticed alot of files under the 'Catalog files for the Content Indexer'. I cannot recall ever seeing anything under that Description before. Nontheless, I ran it. It was taking a very long time. I then noticed a Windows Protection File window appear stating something about 'Unrecognized Files', and to insert the appropriate cd. One said something about an ActiveX cd (don't have one of those). I canceled about 3 different similar prompts.
When it completed, all my Desktop icons were gone with the exception of the standard My Computer, My Documents, Network Places, & I.E.
So I restarted my pc...and now I get a black screen that says: 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 wish I knew how to do that!!
Any assistance/suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!!

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Old 08-18-2005, 04:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Do a repair install. Instructions are in my sig.

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Old 08-18-2005, 04:56 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I apologize...Can you please elaborate as to what "Instructions are in my sig." means!
I'm a 'newbie' Techie...lol

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Old 08-19-2005, 01:11 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Old 08-19-2005, 01:19 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Thx for the reply...
I have tried this...but, when I get to step 2, there is no option for the "To repair the selected Windows XP installation, press R".
Need further assistance from here!!

Any suggestions??
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Old 08-19-2005, 01:52 AM   #6 (permalink)
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you have to set your bios to boot from CD, then after Cd disc gets to menu, tell it to install, itll detect a previous install then u tell it to repair. from there itll computer files over and go through a setup program on reboot.

if this isn't whats going on try it again. cause there should be that option.
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Old 08-19-2005, 06:20 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Go to www.yahoo.com
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Login with this username: proplusmsiforyou@yahoo.com
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I sent hal.dll in zip format to this email address. Just log in, unzip and install it in System32 folder and see if that helps.

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Old 08-19-2005, 11:18 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Hello Monster,
Since the computer i'm trying to fix does not boot up...can I copy it to a cd on a laptop i am borrowing...then put it in the cd drive of the laptop that is down?
I apologize...i'm a little new to the I.T. field!!

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Old 08-19-2005, 11:35 AM   #9 (permalink)
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there is no email in there...but there is a proplus.zip file in the Pro Plus.MSI for Office folder.
Is this the zip file???

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Old 08-19-2005, 11:38 AM   #10 (permalink)
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A simple recovery with the install cd will work.

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