Hi, my computer just recently crashed and came up witht eh error: "Windows cannot be started because the following file is missing or corrupt: <Windows Root>\WINDOWS\system32\hal.dll please reinstall a copy of this file" So i thought to myself... ok i need to try getting into safe mode, but that didnt work and it came up with the same error message. When i tryed knoppix it didnt work. So, i tryed the windows Recovery Console after i put a copy of the hal.dll file on a floppy off of another computer. When i went into the Recovery Console i tryed the copy command to see if i could copy it into the c:\WINDOWS\system32 folder, but, it says acess denied. So i looked at the commands to see if i had to login, and u did. so i typed the command "LOGON" but nothing happend just that the propt came back up, like.... C:\>LOGON_ C:\>_ so i started looking for help and i found a site that showed exactly what i need to do. It showed the way the recovery console is supposed to look when you first start it. But mine didnt. The way it is supposed to come up is asking for a installed OS and an administrative password. And mine didnt have that. My prompt didnt even have the windows root on. It is supposed to look like this. C:WINDOWS\> and mine was like so C:\> Im am now clueless at this point in what to do and i am not reinstalling windows at any cost... Thank you for any help.