My problem is that I have Windows XP Home, and for no apparent reason when I tried to boot up I got the following message – “The following file is missing or corrupted - Windows root >\system32\hal.dll - restore this file and reboot. I went to MS techsite searched and found the relevant “fix” and followed the instructions. This was the first time I have had to use the recovery console in XP and I have to say it is not the most user friendly piece of software. Needless to say the “fix” didn’t work. So in desperation I re-installed XP. It has overwritten many of the files and when I boot up now it shows two versions of XP. When I choose one of the versions it still gives the “error message” above. The other version opens but I can’t access any of my program files. I have all my data backed up so I haven’t “lost” anything (except my temper a few times!). I have tried to use the recovery CD again but it only shows one version of XP installed, despite two versions showing at start up. System restore only gives the option from the new install – and also it is not giving me the option to Uninstall the second version. Any suggestions (apart from a complete reformat) to get my original version back?
I have had a trawl through the helproom archives, and can’t find a resolution.