December 30, 2008 at 12:44 am #28451SudtiParticipant
Dear admin@tip4pcGlad I came across your website as I have been trying to format drive C: of my PC in order to get rid of viruses, but in vain.I might have done something wrong while it was asking me to press bottons; the mesage on a DOS screen says Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt
system32 hal.dllPlease re-install a copy of the above fileI'm now totally stuck as the macine does accept anything (eventhough the CD-ROM is there)Your kind advice is very much appreciatedDecember 30, 2008 at 1:20 am #30690
If you have your Windows CD you can restart your computer and enter the recovery console or simply format your computer again from scratch.December 30, 2008 at 3:00 am #30691MaraParticipant
Hi Sudti – glad you come for help and it's lovely to have you with us!If there's any further question or if something just needs clarifying, do remember our Bear's saying, "There are no dumb questions!" - good to know - especially for me and my computer hiccups - gentle smile.December 30, 2008 at 5:16 pm #30692
If you are sure you want to format the drive, the solution is relatively easy.The reason the computer will not accept anything is that it's trying to access a drive with faulty files, not the CD. If you see a message while the computer is loading which says 'press any key to boot from cd', then that's all you need to do to boot the Windows disc and reinstall Windows. It will require you to format the drive as part of that process.If you don't see that message (with the Windows disc already in the cd drive) your computer is not set to boot from the CD drive, which is what you need it to do. This behaviour needs to be set in the bios. Leave the Windows disc in the drive and follow the instructions below.1. To access the bios and set boot priority, turn the power on, and you will see a lot of writing appear as the computer starts. Watch carefully for a line that says.. to enter bios press (?). (?) is most likely to be (del)
December 30, 2008 at 5:26 pm #30693
If you would just like to repair Windows, its likely that this will also remove your viruses, but not 100% certain. Its certainly worth a try though, as it saves your files! Formatting will destroy all data on the disc!Follow my previous post to set the computer to boot from the cd drive. Once you find that you can boot from the windows disc, follow mitz's instructions to repair Windows.
December 30, 2008 at 6:03 pm #30694BearParticipant
A few things to note1. There are a few older systems that simply will not allow you in the bios, I would suggest Googling your system particularly your motherboard prior to running a repair2.December 31, 2008 at 6:24 am #30695DSTMParticipant
Wondering if the hal.dll File is actually missing,why not download and Install one off the net.December 31, 2008 at 6:42 am #30696
If only the hal.dll file is the problem, then the solution is certainly to simply replace it. I will (eventually
January 9, 2009 at 10:18 am #30697SudtiParticipant
Much appreciate to see all your lending hands so promptly. I'm now out of trouble.Thanks for your friendly help and wish you all a very happy new year.January 3, 2010 at 2:53 pm #30698247timeParticipant
Thanks for sharing this. If i get these type of errors in future, i will follow this steps clear error without reinstall Windows XP.October 4, 2011 at 4:47 am #30699seantuckerParticipant
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