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I'm trying to fix a used computer.When I boot up it has this message
"<windows root>\system32\hal.dll.
Please reinstall acopy of the above file
Thats as far as I can go. Appreciate any help.
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Chris B

8/22/2022 - Mon

Which Windows OS is supposed to be on it?

If you can find a similar OS on a working PC search and copy the file onto a Floppy disk.

Boot the PC being fixed to Command Prompt and copy over the missing file


Does those solutions do any good?

Your help has saved me hundreds of hours of internet surfing.

It keeps asking me for an administrator password when I try to boot from xp pro and repair.


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Chris B

It won't ask for a password for a repair install, what you are doing is trying to enter recovery console. Don't select this first repair option, proceed as if for a new install and when it searches for previous installations and finds the current XP Pro, take the option to repair this.

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