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This did not shutdown the computer - I typed it in once in lower case and the second time in upper case . In each case the -r was lower case should I try upper case
It takes me to the original problem I had. Namely that there are two options that come up as Standard both are called Default.
The first Default states " 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"
Somehow I had got my computer in a mess. Before all this started I had had some technical support from XP (maybe two years ago) , which resulted in me having two partitions one said Default and the WindowsXP - After the help I used default and it always opened Windows then it came up with the hal.dll missing. In trying to resolve the othe also became Default. So I put my licensed Windows CD and arrived at the C:\Windows and then came to contact you.
I think you may have had this already but just found this box asking for info so filled it in
Somehow I had got my computer in a mess. Before all this started I had had some technical support from XP (maybe two years ago) , which resulted in me having two partitions one said Default and the WindowsXP - After the help I used default and it always opened Windows then it came up with the hal.dll missing. In trying to resolve the othe also became Default. So I put my licensed Windows CD and arrived at the C:\Windows and then came to contact you."
When I first re-inserted the XP CD I pressed F12 and selected booting from the CD. It the went through the whole Loading arrived at Welcome to set up where I have arrived again. I did try "To repair a Windows XP Installation using Recovery Console, press R this did not work should I try and do it again or use "To set up Windows XP now press ENTER" , which is how I arrived at the starting point of this q& A please advise
Richard I could not remember bso hit the R Then it asked me which installation showing me the two Defaults so I chose the first and it went to start Windows and then cut out with a quick flash of blue screen and too fast to read but I saw a lot of 00000 in it -not sure how many then started to reboot and on selecting the same "Default" option get the no hal.dll exactly as before in this exchange of information
I have tried many times to catch the blue screen but cannot. This wasa new disk about 2 years ago and had AVG on it. I have just gone through the process of using and booting from XP disc and it is asking whether I want to use a C: Partition1 (NTFS) (10245 MB) < 9515 MB free or D: Partition2(Local Disk) FAT32 8833 MB <87773 MB Free>
Which should I do?
This took me to the original position namely C:\WINDOWS>: which each time hitting return gives me exactly the same but now there are two lines
Which is where we started.
At some time I had BOOTCFG was missing but presumably re-installing XP resolves such an issue but if it does not God knows how to install that when hal.dll seem impossible -I am assuming re-loading XP solves the hal problem too.
Shall I try the FAT option for XP installation
I have started this process. It takes a bit of time probably 20 mins or so is that OK
I have loaded Windows to a D: Partition (which is the FAT32) option but when Machine tries to reboot it only show the two Default installations -The D: is there somewhere but how do I find it?
I really appreciate your help but am beginning to feel I am exploiting you so you need to tell me how to resolve that when we finish.
I think we may run out of time as I have to collect my Grand Kids from school and need to leave here at 1400 hrs (is now 1340 hrs UK time) Are you UK?
I have already installed on the C:\ drive but it is not visible on start up.
So is this a question of some routine to see each drive and get it situated so it can be activated.
I have to go now as explained Parents do not takeover until after 7pm so what do we do?
OK Thanks -gone now do not reply but have left this on
Still struggling with this
I have loaded Windows again via the windows CD and now have C:\ WINDOWS , which is option 1 AND D: \ WINDOWS which is option 2 so I have elected for option 2 and option 1 says hal.dll needs reloading and whilts I have hal.dll which I down loaded on to a USB hard drive there is, seemingly, no way to get it from the USB storage device into the computer. So I have used option 2. This then asks for "Enter Load identifier: -I have no idea what value to enter
Over and out -what do I need to do to close out with you -presumably as I did the the rating of my satisfaction there is nothing to do although I cannot see you could have done more.