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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
apache09

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
Nukerys

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314477

Does those solutions do any good?
apache09

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

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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