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Help... i got this message on my laptop.. i dont wanna reformat it so i came here..

"Windows could not load. /windowsroot /hal.dll missing

re-installing this might solve the problem"

well something like that.. what do i do? i load my xp cd and i ran chkdsk /r but didnt find anythink wrong.. i ran "Fixboot" also... but nothing changed..

what do i type on the recovery command line to reinstall that .dll file? coz i'm really a noob at this... :(

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ok this is what i got :

Windows could not start because the following file is missong

or corrupt:

<Windows root>system32hal.dll.

Please re-install a copy of the above file.

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Have you tried installing UBUNTU!!!!!? xD

Messages like can can be caused by faulty RAM. Try running memtestx86 (which is included on the Ubuntu live CD :D). If the first couple of tests pass then you'll most likely have to do a repairer install of windows to fix it. You could try some thing like SpinRite, but Time vs Payoff is generally more in the favor of repairer install (repair install > 1 hour with 99% guarantee of success, but you lose some things like 'personal settings' : SpinRite < 8 hours with no guarantee of success but if it does work, you keep all your 'person settings').

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Have you tried installing UBUNTU!!!!!? xD

well.. actually.. tahts what i tried to do before my laptop screwed up.. first i had mandriva free spring edition on my laptop alongside windows...

but i didnt like mandriva so i installed ubuntu studio over it... and thats when my laptop started to screw up.. at first installing was ok.. but when i restarted my pc, i got that missing file error msg.. :(

well.. thanks for your help anyway... i bite te bullet and now i;m reformatting my whole laptop... there isnt much important stuff besides porno and AutoCAD in there so i'll just have to install them back again.. oh and along with Ubuntu studio too.. :D Thanks for that memory recover tool thingie..

oh and sometimes when i reformat my pc and install windows i sometimes get messages like certain dll files cant get coppied from the disc.. why is that?

i get them while "Setup is Copying System Files" or something like that.. ...

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oh and sometimes when i reformat my pc and install windows i sometimes get messages like certain dll files cant get coppied from the disc.. why is that?

i get them while "Setup is Copying System Files" or something like that.. ...

Scratched disk?

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Reinstall Windows, pretty much guarenteed to fix it.

You are saying that a peice of Microsoft software is guarenteed to do something and what if the data on the hard disk is so corrupted that the installer can't remove or fix it.

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oh and sometimes when i reformat my pc and install windows i sometimes get messages like certain dll files cant get coppied from the disc.. why is that?

i get them while "Setup is Copying System Files" or something like that.. ...

Scratched disk?

well thanks guys... yup my xp disc gots some dull spots on them... now windows works fine.. left 10GB unpartitioned for my ubuntu studio.. :D Thanks.

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