hal.dll missing or corrupt

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  1. brihy1

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    When trying to startup my laptop i get missing or corrupt hal.dll file?Any way to restore this file so i dont have to reformat?

    hp 64 bit laptop
    windows 8.1
     
  2. Brian K

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    brihy1,

    That is a WinXP file. Are you dual booting?
     
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    no im using windows 8.1
     
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    Do you have the Windows 8 installation disk and have you done the whole Startup repair basics?

    Unrelated: Brian K, I've always experienced an optical illusion with your avatar being an eagle about to catch a fish. brihy1's avatar of an actual eagle isn't helping.
     
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    At 1st when booting up it said diagnosing your pc,then said startup repair and then said couldn't fix,now I get the hal.dll issue.The only disc I have is the one I made when I 1st got the laptop.
     
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    Did you try a restoration ? Have you installed new programs ?
     
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    I have that file in Win 7, x64. ´hal.dll' is Hardware Abstraction Layer DLL.
     
  9. Brian K

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    I got that wrong. My eyes read hal.dll but my brain said boot.ini.

    I looked at two Win8.1. MBR and UEFI installs. Both had 2 hal.dll. One in Windows\System32 and the other in a sub-folder of Windows\WinSxS. In the UEFI system (offline) I deleted both hal.dll. Windows booted to "Prepairing Automatic Repair", then "Attempting Repairs", then a restart and Win8.1 loaded. I checked and both hal.dll had been restored to their folders.

    Edit... I next deleted hal.dll in the sub-folder of Windows\WinSxS. (the other one wasn't deleted) Win8.1 booted normally and the file hadn't been restored to its folder. Win8.1 continued to operate with only one hal.dll.
     
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    I restored my system using macrium 6 and windows will still not boot.I go into macrium rescue disk and hit the option fix windows boot problems and i get hal.dll missing?I think it may have to do with the boot.ini or something with boot sequence because even when i restore an image from macrium it does no good.
     
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    Some background may help.

    When did you buy the laptop? Or when did you install the Win8.1 OS? What brand is the laptop?

    So Win8.1 was working OK until this issue? Any idea what triggered the issue?

    When did you create the Macrium image? Do you have other images?

    Is the OS installed in MBR or UEFI mode?
     
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    Bought laptop couple yrs ago,replaced hd couple months ago
    Came with win 8 but been running 8.1 for a long while,hp
    Was working great until the other day when i wanted to try comodo firewall but the install stalled at i think 41% or something,i restarted and
    I have a full macrium image from a month ago and 2 differentials latest was a week ago
    i believe its UEFI
     
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    Thanks. So it's likely Comodo software is the culprit.

    I suggest restoring the full image created a month ago. Assuming it is successful you could consider restoring the more recent images.
     
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    I restored the full image and when i reboot it starts automatic repair-diagnosing pc-blue screen with your pc did not start correctly,restart and get error OxOOOO21a
     
  15. Brian K

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    Did you restore a Disk image, a System image or a Partition image?
     
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    I restored the whole disk(all partitions)
     
  17. Brian K

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    Standby, I'm just getting a Macrium system ready so I can go through the steps with you.
     
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    OK. I have an old Disk image (all 4 partitions). Recovery, EFI, MSR and Win8.1

    I boot the recovery media in UEFI mode (not Legacy mode)

    In the recovery environment...
    Image Restore tab, click Browse for an image file
    find the image, Open
    You should see GPT Disk 1 [.....
    the 4 partitions should be present
    underneath the partitions is your image ******.mring
    on the right, click Restore Image
    you now see Source showing the 4 partitions all with ticks
    and Destination showing the same 4 partitions
    Next
    Finish
    Continue

    Is this the same in your computer?
     
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    This is what mine is:GPT Disk 1
    1-WINRE(ntfs primary)2-no name(fat32,lba primary)3-unformatted primary 4-windows,c;ntfs primary)5-ntfs primary 6-recovery,d;ntfs primary)

    theres an option in macrium that says fix windows boot problems and when i click that is when i get missing or corrupt hal.dll
     
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    Thanks. You have 6 partitions. That's fine.

    Do the other instructions apply?
     
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    Would any of the Macrium users like to comment?

    brihy1 has an image created a month ago when the computer was operating normally. Now the image won't restore correctly and produce a bootable OS.
     
  23. Robin A.

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    Check if the missing file is in the image.
     
  24. Brian K

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    Can you run HD diagnostics on the drive?

    Do you have another HD you can try?
     
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    i dont have another hd for that laptop.My other computers are different.I think i may try to refresh the pc through windows to see if that corrects it and if it does then try to restore the macrium image.
     
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