Hi- I use Acronis True Image Home 10 to back up my computer. I recently used Paragon HD Manager to shrink my system partition and use that unallocated space to increase my personal file partition. Something went horribly wrong and I got the dreaded hal.dll error. I then used my bootable Acronis disk to restore the image I had made earlier. I rebooted and once again got the same hal.dll error. Using the recovery cd from Paragon, I found that my boot.ini file was: [boot loader] timeout=0 default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS [operating systems] multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Windows" /fastdetect I changed it to: [boot loader] timeout=7 default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS [operating systems] multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows" /fastdetect This allowed me to get past the hal.dll error, but when I tried to logon, I was immediately logged off. Does anyone have any ideas? Why would the hal.dll error stick around after I restore the working image I created before any of this occured? By the way, I tried to reinstall XP from my Gateway Recovery CD and I did NOT get the hal.dll error.