I have a legal, store purchased, full installation Windows XP Home Edition Operating System disk. I have used it several times to install and reinstall Windows XP onto my computer. I have 1 harddrive im using a labtop and just a regular CD drive. I recently encountered a problem with my computer when I booting up, where I received an error message something to the effect "system32\hal.dll" was corrupt of missing. After countless attempts to repair it using my system OS disk, I decided I would just reformat. However, once I press the F8 on the licensce agreement, I receive the error that "Setup could not read the CD you inserted or it is an invalid Windows CD." This is someone elses post but excat same problem as me. i saw on other guys post u guys posted links to other sites and info with the recovery console. for some reasons the recovery things arent working and the commands arent working properly. One thing different is that i started installing or formatting the nat w.e. and it froze. so i had to restart then i got the cannot read disk problem. im stuck and on other computer. loss of words will someone please help me please!!!! Thank you in advance.