Cant reboot Windows XP

Discussion in 'Acronis True Image Product Line' started by Peter Williamson, Feb 26, 2007.

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  1. Peter Williamson

    Peter Williamson Registered Member

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    I reloaded Windows XP Home into my Dell Dimension 9150 PC using Acronis TI 9 and when I tried to reboot I got an error message "Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt
    "windows root>\system32\hal.dll"

    Can anyone advise how to get a copy of this file and reload into my computer which wont boot up.
     
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    Pedro Registered Member

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    This is an excellent article that explains step by step how to correct this problem.
    Repairing Windows XP in Eight Steps
     
  4. Brian K

    Brian K Imaging Specialist

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    Peter,

    It's definitely a boot.ini problem. Dells have a Diagnostic partition and then the Win XP partition so the boot.ini references partition (2). If you restore a WinXP image to a new HD without restoring the Diagnostic partition then the boot.ini needs to be edited. There are other combinations.
    The easy solution is to edit boot.ini directly with EditBini (from a boot floppy or bootable CD), from BartPE or do it indirectly from the WinXP Recovery Console.
     
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