ok im getting the very typical hal.dll error upon startup. im sure weve all seen this one before.. ive gone through all the legitimate steps to fix the problem (fixboot, bootcfg / rebuild, checking the boot.ini file for errors) ive also tried to reinstall windows on that partition in a separate folder, as well as trying to reinstall on that partition over the current (non-booting) copy - using the windows disk and booting into setup. oddly enough, regardless of where i install windows, i still get the hal.dll error after the setup reboots and tries to enter the bulk of the setup. this doesn't make a lick of sense to me, esp since i tried installing in a separate directory. now - i have a separate partition that has a working copy of windows on it (thank god i installed two) and i can boot into this partition. all the files on both partitions are accessable - i ran chkdsk on both partitions. anyone have any ideas beyond the usual stuff ive mentioned above i would appreciate it. that is all the info i can find anywhere online about this problem.