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Old 12-06-2007, 08:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Windows cannot start because file is missing or corrupt:

hey,

i was starting up my main computer and i get a message when itis booting up:

"Windows cannot start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
<windows root>\system32\hal.dll
please reinstall a copy of the file above"

i tried putting my windows disk in and when i tried the repair thing i got a command prompt or w.e, i think this is normal but i don't know what to do here, so i did the thing where you say that you want to install a new version of windows and then it detects a previous version and asks if you would like to repair it...unfortunately it doesn't seem to be finding a previous version of windows and then it cant tell that the CD is inside th drive.

any help here? or do i have to do a complete reinstall (please no on the reinstall).


regards.


ps: i think im going to try a linux distro after im done with this. very sick of windows
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Old 12-06-2007, 08:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Windows cannot start because file is missing or corrupt:

Fortunately there's a solution discussed in one blog on just that error you'll want to review.

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Default Re: Windows cannot start because file is missing or corrupt:

erd commander 2005. boot from it and do a system restore to when the computer worked
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Default Re: Windows cannot start because file is missing or corrupt:

If you can get to the F8 boot menu>safe mode /command prompt only option without seeing Windows freeze up you can manually start the system restore feature by typing in "&#37;systemroot%\system32\restrore\rstrui.exe " without the quotes and simply press the enter/return to bring it up there. How to start the System Restore tool at a command prompt in Windows XP

A bit more difficult is trying to copy restore information from the "system volume information>_retore{ lengthy number here}>snapshot" folder into the Windows|system32\config folder to see Windows manually restored as outlined in one blog seen at Running System Restore from the Recovery Console (well, sort of)
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erd commader 2005 is easier and simpler to use.
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erd commader 2005 is easier and simpler to use.
That won't be the case now.

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ERD Commander 2005

Since you didn't post any link this is what came up on a search.
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erd commander 2005. boot from it and do a system restore to when the computer worked

That is IF system restore hasn't been disabled
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That is IF system restore hasn't been disabled

so true

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Default Re: Windows cannot start because file is missing or corrupt:

One option no one has mentioned so far is manually expanding the hal.dll from the i386 folder on the installation disk into the Windows\system32 folder. You would simply use a command like "expand I386\hal.dll C:\Windows\system32" to see if that will get things going when replacing the file.
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