Windows won't start - hal.dll is missing

By Legoflamb
May 26, 2010
  1. I'm an IT tutor for a charity and I'm kinda responsible for sorting the computers out here as well and one of the computers isn't booting windows.

    I'm formatting the drive and reinstalling windows because I didn't know the admin password in recovery console so I could do a chkdsk /r and if I pressed enter to install windows I wasn't given the option to press r to repair it.

    Apparently there's a clone disk here somewhere but I couldn't see an external and it's too much messing about with an external....

    Any thoughts on this?
  2. Legoflamb

    Legoflamb TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 149

    Ok I've formatted and reinstalled windows but now when you start the machine it asks which windows you want to boot - there are two instances of windows xp professional - but I formatted the machine!

    What's up with that? I did a proper format (not the quick one) on the only partition available to do it on ( c: )

    edit: I clicked the second option on the list and as it turns out it's the original install of XP with the hal.dll error.
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