I have an issue with, I think, XP Pro Repair Utility.
Here is what has happened:
bought PC with XP Home
Upgraded to XP Pro
setup almost worked perfectly except that it created two OS choices ("XP Home" and "XP Pro Setup").
Entering "XP Pro Setup" gave this error:
"missing or corrupt hal.dll file" - result was Windows wouldn't start.
Entering "XP Home" actually statrted XP Pro and everything worked fine.
Installed my Office apps plus Oracle and SAP and it all worked well.
Had a spare couple of hours the other night so decided to try and "fix" the "XP Pro Setup" by copying hal.dll from the CD. That is when the hal.dll error happened in both OS Choices and hence no Windows on my PC. After many, many google searches I managed to get the PC working again by:
went through the XP Pro Repair utility but the only way I could get the XP CD to recognise the HD was by disabling SATA in the BIOS. So, everything seems to be working on the PC except for one, all be it a biggie, SAP. The only thing that I can see that is different from the pre-Repair settings is the SATA disabled. I can turn it back but I am pretty sure that the 'hal.dll' error will come back again and I will have to Repair again.
If it helps the SAP error is.....
"R/3 Basis System: Initialization DB-Connect Failed, Return Code 008192".
I don't expect anyone to be able to fix sap but what does the repair utility change? If I knew that I might be able fix it myself. All env variables seem to be the same as pre-repair.