Posted on 2014-04-19
Laptop running XP home, with the error message;
•"Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
Please re-install a copy of the above file."
Tried expanding a copy of hal.dll from xp CD, but still got error message.
In the 'fix' I found via Google, the next option was to rebuilt boot.ini file, which originally saw windows installations on C & F. I thought I picked the C installation to fix, but something didn't work as planned. Took out HD & looking at it from another computer, the boot.ini file is definitely wrong, but I can't fix it! Trying to edit or create a new one & I'm getting the message I can't save it there.
I don't want to start changing permissions, etc., so what are my other options?