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windows 7 hal.dll error freezes computer upon bootup

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I tried replacing the hal.dll file and a couple other system repair options but nothing seems to work.  I also ran the windows 7 setup CD but for whatever reason the language is in russian so I having a tough time fixing it that way too.
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by:jcimarron
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snoopaloop--What was the original problem?  I assume you felt hal.dll was at fault?  What was the original error message?  Are you getting the same message now?
Perhaps of help
http://pcsupport.about.com/od/errorh/a/hal-dll-missing-windows-7-vista.htm

Possible help here.  
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-system/windows-7-reporting-missing-or-corrupt-haldll-boot/01a4e08b-5833-4fe3-b9c1-9bbc9a64759e

How did you "replace" hal.dll?  Did you run SFC /SCANNOW from a command prompt?
Did you use System Restore (which can be run from Safe Mode)?  Use System Restore to go back to a Restore Point before the original problem.

Normally I would suggest a Repair Install but you have to get to Desktop to do that in Win 7.
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/3413-repair-install.html

Did you try all this?
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/What-are-the-system-recovery-options-in-Windows-7
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The original problem was due to malware of some sort.  Some guy try to fix but ended up making worst to the point that windows 7 would not load.  The loaded files halts at \windows\system32\hal.dll when attempting safe mode.  I can't use the repair disk for returning the system to a prior state or repairing it.  I tried the scf /scannow and the bootsect command.   The options you stated above are not available or do not fix the problem.  I'm really tempted to simply reformat at this point but I know I will encounter this again so a fix would be nice.
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by:jcimarron
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snoopaloop--I understand you cannot boot into Desktop (Windows 7)  so you cannot run Repair Install.
Not clear what you were loading when things stopped at hal.dll.
A Clean Install (which includes reformat) is about all that remains, but you will wipe personal data and installed programs.  Did you make a backup?
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I was doing a standard safe load of the OS where the progress of windows/system32 files loaded only two other files before stopping on Hal.dll.  Yes, an image of the current drive is now present courtesy of Drive Image XML.  This error pisses me off cuz it seems fixable but all attempts have failed. so whatever. done.... formatting.
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not the answer I was looking for.
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