I have a friend's XP computer at home trying to clean up her files and update Windows. I was doing well until I updated the windows to IE 8 and when I went to restart the computer as they told me to, I cannot boot into windows and here is the message I get:
Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
<Windows root>\system 32\hal.dll.
Please re-install a copy of the above file.
I cannot do anything as each time after trying to boot in safe mode, I get the same error message.
This is an IBM Thinkpad Computer running Windows XP. I do not have any CD to try to use to re-install.
Help, I really don't want to tell my friend I broke her computer.