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Hi All

I am trying to re-install Windows XP on a friends Advent netbook using a USB flash drive as the netbook doesn't have a CD Drive and I don't have an external one. I have used Novicorp WinToFlash to create the USB flash drive and a Windows XP SP3 CD, however when i boot from the flash drive I get the following error:

Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
<Windows root>system32hal.dll
Please re-install a copy of the above file.

Any help will be greatly appreciated


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I have a netbook with no cd/dvd drive. I put a new HDD in it. I need to install an OS on it. I've had difficulties with "win_to_flash" a missing hal.dll file. I was wondering if I could put my new HDD into another laptop with a cd/dvd drive in it, install XP, take it out and put it in my netbook. Another scenario, would another OS be easier to install from a flash drive? I know I could buy a usb external cd/dvd drive and solve this issue. That would cost $$. Thank you for your reply.

I posted in the Other Hardware prior to this because I thought I had a hardware-related problem. At any rate, I deleted NTDETECT.COM and I need to boot the computer and put it back. Thanks to rich13348 I now know that I need a floppy with the files ntldr, NTDETECT.COM, and boot.ini.

Problem is I have no floppies that were last used/formatted by XP or any new ones. So I tried putting those same three files on my Maxtor external USB hard drive right in the main directory, and when I choose that from the boot menu(F12) I get the following:

Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
(Windows root)\system32\hal.dll.
Please re-install a copy of the above file.

And when I do the same thing with a simple 1gb USB flash drive I get "No bootable partition in table". I formatted the small flash drive before adding the three files, but the Maxtor is using about 45gb of it's 244 max for backup images. However I took everything in the root directory and put it in one folder and put the three files in the same directory as that folder. Don't know why the results are different between the external and the flash.

Thanks so much!
-Chris

When I turn it on, I get a black screen which says:

Windows could not start because of the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows Setup using the original Setup CD-ROM. Select r at the first screen to start repair.

My netbook has usb ports but it doesn't have a cd/dvd or a floppy drive, and it didn't come with any discs.

I pressed F8 to see if I could further troubleshoot my problem. When I did this, I got a screen titled "Windows Advanced Options Menu" which gave me a set of options to choose from. I chose Safe Mode and clicked enter, and I got this message:

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS\system32\ntoskrnl.exe

Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
<Windows root>\system32\ntoskrnl.exe.
Please re-install a copy of the above file.

My netbook is XP Home Ed., Intel Atom Processor N450 (1.66GHZ, 512KB cache), 1 GB Memory, 160 GB HDD

Any help is greatly appreciated, thank you

My brother has a netbook and needs me to put windows on it. I am not sure what was wrong initially with it to make him want reformat.

I was using this video Installing Windows XP on a Netbook Via USB (Acer Aspire One) - YouTube


It seemed to work fine then when i am finished with the windows install, the netbook restarts and I get the error

Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
<Windows root>\system32\hal.dll
Please re-install a copy of the above file

any help would be much appreciated

Hey all,

I'm trying to install XP on my new netbook (Acer Aspire AO721-3574 11.6-Inch Netbook), downgrading from a full Windows 7 Home Premium. As it doesn't have an optical drive, I've been trying to boot from a Flash Drive (a Sandisk Cruzer, reformatted to be an XP boot drive with WintoFlash)

I've been following these instructions: http://komku.blogspot.com/2009/09/wi...indows-xp.html

However, I keep running into an issue on the first step - when I select "1st, text based, reboot from flash, etc", the computer begins scanning for windows, etc, but then it stops all of a sudden, and claims there is some corruption in the hard disk, and to run CHKDSK. I've run CHKDSK now on it's full repair setting, like the high grade, dig deep version, and still the same issue. I've also reformatted the USB stick several times as different formatting, such as 16LBA (instead of default 32LBA), since that site mentions that might be an issue.

Any help or information that anyone can give me on how I might resolve this is much appreciated. Thanks for your time.

hi my d in law has an advent 4213 netbook that is coming up with the bootmgr is missing press ctrl=alt=del to restart which acieves nothing.
it has xp system, intel atom processor N270, 1024 MB DDR2, 160GB.

i have looked thru previous descussions which all seem to suggest a new install from cd problem is this is a netbook there is no cd or cd drive, there is no partition and no backup on a flash drive tho there may have been she has moved 3 times this yr and it may have been lost.

please help

Angi

Got one of those HP Mini notebooks without a CD drive.

XP got corrupted somehow, and my wife took it over to a friend's house along with the HP OS CD. Several days later she gets it back, and this guy (my wife's friend's husband) has installed Ubuntu onto the machine. We don't like Ubuntu, but this guy is my wife's boss and she doesn't want to make a lot of waves.

So I take over and use WinToFlash on the HP OS disk, to make a bootable flash drive.

When I booed off the flash drive, I STUPIDLY chose install and then REPAIR, thinking that we might still have all of her pictures, documents, etc...

Everything went swimmingly until I got to the welcome screen and was prompted for her password. I initially thought 'great', she hasn't lost anything....but when I entered her pw I got the msg box "The specified domain either does not exist or could not be contacted". I hit cntl/alt/del twice to get the Administrator sign-in, but get the same msg. None of the available F8 options semm to be able to get me past this roadblock.

Meanwhile, I CAN boot into Ubuntu, but I have no idea how to reformat the drive from Ubuntu, figuring tht if I reformat and reinstall using the flash drive, the domain msg will go away.

So I'm unable to get to a command prompt in XP, and can't seem to figure out what to do in Ubuntu to reformat (we have no Ubuntu disk - only the HP XP OS disk).

When I boot using the flash drive, I get a screen with 2 options:
1st, text mode setup (Boot from flash after finished).
2nd, GUI mode setup, continue setup + ist start of windows

Initially I chose option 1 where I ultimately chose install and repair. If I chose option 1 now I get a DOS msg "Windows could not start because the following is missing or corrupt: hal.dll. Please reinstall a copy of the above file." Of course I don't know how to reinstall a copy of the file, since I can't get to a prompt.

If I choose option 2, I get to the Windows signon screen, where I get the "The specified domain either does not exist..." msg.

I am stumped. But good.

Got one of those HP Mini notebooks without a CD drive.

XP got corrupted somehow, and my wife took it over to a friend's house along with the HP OS CD. Several days later she gets it back, and this guy (my wife's friend's husband) has installed Ubuntu onto the machine. We don't like Ubuntu, but this guy is my wife's boss and she doesn't want to make a lot of waves.

So I take over and use WinToFlash on the HP OS disk, to make a bootable flash drive.

When I booed off the flash drive, I STUPIDLY chose install and then REPAIR, thinking that we might still have all of her pictures, documents, etc...

Everything went swimmingly until I got to the welcome screen and was prompted for her password. I initially thought 'great', she hasn't lost anything....but when I entered her pw I got the msg box "The specified domain either does not exist or could not be contacted". I hit cntl/alt/del twice to get the Administrator sign-in, but get the same msg. None of the available F8 options semm to be able to get me past this roadblock.

Meanwhile, I CAN boot into Ubuntu, but I have no idea how to reformat the drive from Ubuntu, figuring tht if I reformat and reinstall using the flash drive, the domain msg will go away.

So I'm unable to get to a command prompt in XP, and can't seem to figure out what to do in Ubuntu to reformat (we have no Ubuntu disk - only the HP XP OS disk).

When I boot using the flash drive, I get a screen with 2 options:
1st, text mode setup (Boot from flash after finished).
2nd, GUI mode setup, continue setup + ist start of windows

Initially I chose option 1 where I ultimately chose install and repair. If I chose option 1 now I get a DOS msg "Windows could not start because the following is missing or corrupt: hal.dll. Please reinstall a copy of the above file." Of course I don't know how to reinstall a copy of the file, since I can't get to a prompt.

If I choose option 2, I get to the Windows signon screen, where I get the "The specified domain either does not exist..." msg.

I am stumped. But good.

Hello everyone,

I have an Asus EEE PC 1001PX running Windows XP which wouldn't boot, displaying the following error:

Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
System32\Drivers\Ntfs.sys

I researched a lot about this problem, and concluded that the best thing would be a repair. And so, having no CD/DVD drive, I made a bootable USB Flash Drive with the Windows XP installation, and slip streamed into it the SATA drivers. However, the screen showing me the currently installed OS and allowing me to repair it never displayed, and so I couldn't make an automatic repair. Therefore I tried repairing the system using the Recovery Console Repair option. The problem I encountered here was that while I was able to rename ntfs.sys into ntfs.old, I was given an Access is Denied when I tried to copy the new ntfs.sys on the drive using this line: copy D:\i386\ntfs.sys C:\windows\system32\drivers.

Therefore, I gave up and made a format followed by a clean install of Windows XP ...... encountering yet a new problem when the installation completed and the system restarted. The new error message is now as follows:

Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
<Windows root>\system32\hal.dll.
Please re-install a copy of the above file.

The solutions I read about involve yet again booting from the pen drive and making some amendments using the recovery console. However I cannot do this since the error screen pops up as soon as I boot from my flash drive.

Can there be something wrong with my hard drive? Or my XP Installation CD? However I have installed windows from it several successful times.

I know that there are a lot of posts regarding these problems, but neither of them seems to address my problem directly. I really appreciate any help from you guys.

Many thanks.

My Advent netbook wont start up. It seems to be either missing or corrupt file. \WINDOWS\system32\config\system. It says I can attempt to repair this file by starting windows setup using the original setup CD-ROM.Then select "r" at the first screen to start repair.My problem is I dont have a cd and also my netbook doesnt have a cd rom drive.
What can I do to fix this.
I have tried to do a destructive reinstall of xp but the netbook looks like it is going to start up but suddenly the screen goes blue and it fails to start xp.
There is some typing when the screen goes blue but it dissapears before i can read what it says!
Any ideas what i can do to fix the problem.
thankyou.
Dominic

Help!I start my gateway notebook lap(after i did a recovery thing,which gets rid of almost everything on ur computer)and it says "<WINDOWS ROOT>/SYSTEM32/HAL.Dll IS MISSING.pLEASE RE-INSTALL THE ABOVE FILE."I freaked out i thought i had fixed my computer but then this file is missing!So i look up how in the world i reinstall it,it says get a usb flash drive,OKAY,or forget about ur computer and buy a new one.OMG!I got on here hoping i could get help.PLZ ANYTHING BESIDES THE FLASH DRIVE OR A CD(i dont have a cd thingy 4 my computer).PLEASE HELP!!!

Yeah, pretty stupid I know, but in my defense in was infected with a virus, and I didn't know better. Regardless, it's gone and my start up stops at the profile screen and loops when I select a profile. I've researched a little for things I can do to remedy the situation, and I would just reformat the whole drive, but I have data that I need to keep intact that hasn't been moved to my external hard drive. I know a repair installation can do just this, but I don't know how to run it without a cd-rom drive. Seeing as how a netbook doesn't come with cd-rom drive, if some one could tell me how run repair installation by using a flash drive, I'm sure that would work. I can't find a site that gives a clear answer to installing repair installation on a flash drive and running it from there.

Please help,

Christopher

Hello,

I will try to present this in a short step by step process of what I did and what is happening:

-Was dual booting XP and Fedora on an Asus Netbook (Eee PC 1005HA), accidentally deleted the fedora partition (using XP) so decided to forget Fedora and just reinstall XP from scratch

-Using a flash drive to install XP I get the blue screen of death every time after it reads "Setup is starting Windows" and cannot get any further

-Put hard drive from Netbook in desktop, used windows recovery to fixboot and fixmbr then installed XP successfully.

-Put hard drive back in Netbook and now it reads "Error Loading Operating System"

-Tried using flash drive XP install again with the same problem as mentioned above
-Also tried booting windows recovery via flash drive to run chkdsk, it found errors and fixed them however still no success

All solutions I read say its the BIOS not getting along with the hard drive, but this can't be because this hard drive came with the Netbook (and was working!)
I also know the hard drive isn't going bad because I successfully installed XP and booted into it using the desktop!

Any help will be greatly appreciated, I am all out of ideas!!

Thank you,

Matt.

I know this has been dealt with before in other threads but nothing seems to work for me...

i can't boot up another computer I am getting following error...missing or corrupt file....<windows root>\system32\hal.dll. I have tried booting from my xp pro disk and even going into last known config or safe mode...won't boot up and i keep coming back to that error. Even after going into recovery mode and it finds xp on a list...the only option I am given is re-install xp after re-formatting. I don't want to lose all of my data.

If I could just get it booted in safe mode...couldn't I plug in my external hard drive and copy all of my files? Then I could reformat the hard drive.

Can someone here help? Please, in simple english. I often get lost trying to understand the directions given, thanks :)

When I re-boot my computer, I get the following error message:

Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:

<Windows root>\system32\ntoskrnl.exe.
Please re-install a copy of the above file.

I am using Windows XP Home. How do I fix this without completely restoring my hard drive?

Thanks,
Bruce

I am attempting to fix my friends computer and am coming across issues. It is a Gateway laptop MX6961, running windows xp media center edition 2005.
There was a virus on the computer and instead of trying to remove it she tried using the system recovery and wiped out the OS. Now when she reboots it says:

"Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
<Windows root>\system32\hal.dll.
Please re-install a copy of the above file.

So I used the operating system disc that came with the laptop to re-install XP but it comes up with the same error.

The system seems to have managed to memorize the data on the disc, so now even without the OS disc, it can go into system recovery on its own if I press F11.

It looks like it does not even recognize the CD because I do not get the option to re-install Windows when I try to boot off the disc. It just keeps taking me to system recovery which is not working.

I have set the BIOS to CD first. Now i don't know if it's a problem with the disc, or something wrong with my cd reader, or could there be something wrong with the hard drive?

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

when I turn my desktop on, i get an error mess sayin the following file "windows root>\sytem32\hal.dll" is missing or corrupt and a copy of the file needs to be re-installed.I m running a wxp pro on a gateway desktop. I cannot run a CD because the cd drive is not working and the pc doesn t have a flopppy drive. Is there any way i can replace the file using the removable drive or the DOS command...? If not is there any better option to fix the issue? Please help...

i got a dell inspirion mini netbook with only DOS on it and i want to install windows xp on it. I already have an original xp installation disc dut since the netbook doesnt have a disc reader im suing win to flash to transfer it to my 8gb kingston flash drive. But when i boot from USB it simply says:
"NTLDR is missing
Press any key to restart"
I dont know what to do PLS HELP!!!!!!!!!

So, the other day I decided I would try to make a bootable flash drive with ubuntu on it. I got it to work on my PC, but when I went back to windows it did a disk check and repaired some things, and after restarting it I got the following error:

Quote:
Windows could not start because the flollowing file is missing or corrupt:

/WINDOWS/SYSTEM32/CONFIG/SYSTEM
Ubuntu still works from the flash drive, and I was able to transfer all of my important files to an external hardrive.

I tried using my windows XP installation disk and using the repair mode on the setup, but none of the solutions I tired worked. Yesterday, following directions from here I got the error "Access denied" when I tried any of the copy commands.

For some reason today when I tired the same thing I got a blue screen with the error:
Quote:

Setup did not find any hard dish drives installed in your computer.

Make sure any hard disk drives are powered on and properly connected to your computer, and that any disk-related hardware configuration is correct. This may involve running a manufacturer-supplied diagnostic or setup program.

Setup cannot continue. To quit Steup, press F3.
when I pressed 'r' on the setup to get into repair mode.

I also tried reformatting my PC, but I wasn't able to because it wasn't recognizing my C drive for some reason.

I got the instructions for my linux flash drive at Boot and run Linux from a USB flash memory stick | USB Pen Drive Linux, and the product code for my PC is MD3QB-WCH6M is that helps. Also, I used my linux flash drive on another PC and it hasn't been having any issues.

When trying to boot my notebook with XP Home I now get the message
'windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: <Windows root\system32\hal.dll> Please re-install a copy of the above file."

Since this notebook did not come with a Windows XP Home disk, the information needed to re-install my original OS and apps was on or is on the hard drive.

How do I re-install the missing or corrupt hal.dll?

I was updating my Adobe Flash when the house power "blinked" and my computer turned off. When I turned the computer back on I got the Hal.dll missing/corrupt error and the computer would not boot even in safe mode.

I have a spare drive with XP loaded on it and I planned to boot that drive using my un-bootable drive as a slave and just copy a new Hal.dll file over. When I tried I couldn't access the windows folder in the slave drive, it just gave me an error. I then tried to use recovery console and run bootcfg /rebuild, but I got an error stating that it can't find the windows installation.

I was able to access all my files and folders, except the windows folder, when I ran the troubled drive as a slave so I think it's still ok. Is there anyway to salvage my windows install? Any help will be greatly appreciated.

I have compaq presario Model SR1103WM and has Windows XP-SP3 Home edition (5.1.2600). I changed original Seagate hard drive to WD 1200JB in 2008 and had backed up in 2009 on 500 GB external HD using Windows Live OneCare at that time. about 2 weeks back, I was trying to load BVRP Fax software which is now Classic PhoneTools and while installing it was frozen so I disconnected to shut down. Then I restarted it but said <Windows root>\system32\hal.dll is missing or corrupt, Pl. reinstall a copy of this file. Then using recovery console and MS Dos prompt, I think I copied that file and restarted but it said <windows root>\system32\ntoskrnl.exe file is missing or corrupt. I tried to fix that by using EXPAND command but it did not allow me to access.
At this point I remembered that I had original Seagate Hard Drive so I installed it besides WD Hard Drive and start computer and it worked but have to update for XP-SP2 and SP3; but cannot use my documents and some other files from WD hard drive. Can some one help me to fix system on WD Hard Drive so that I can start computer without having Seagate drive and that cannot loose my stored files and programs on WD hard drive.
I also have all 6 recovery disks and XPSP3-5512.080413-2133-usa-x86fre-spcd.
Waiting for your help and thanks in advance for help.

I can't start Windows XP Home Edition on my PC because the hal.dll file in system32 is corrupt. Therefore I am getting the "Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: <windows root>\system32\hal.dll. Please re-install a copy of the above file." error message.

To complicate things, I absolutely don't have the original Windows XP Home Edition CD I used to install the operating system; therefore I can't just restore missing file.

Is there anyway to get the OS working again without erasing all the data on the system? Please help, any advice would be greatly appreciated.

I can't start Windows XP Home Edition on my PC because the hal.dll file in system32 is corrupt. Therefore I am getting the "Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: <windows root>\system32\hal.dll. Please re-install a copy of the above file." error message.

To complicate things, I absolutely don't have the original Windows XP Home Edition CD I used to install the operating system; therefore I can't just restore missing file.

Is there anyway to get the OS working again without erasing all the data on the system? Please help, any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Hi,

I bought an Acer Aspire One laptop that came pre-installed with Windows 7. I have checked with the manufacturer & it is possible that I can downgrade to Windows XP.

Soooo.. how do I go about this without a disc drive? I have ordered an external CD/DVD drive so I may be able to format this way. Also, would it be possible to put the netbook harddrive into my desktop & install XP on it, then install the XP drivers when I put it back into my netbook?

If the latter is not possible could someone please advise me how to install XP using my external CD drive, I want to avoid using a USB.

As always, responses are greatly appreciated