Missing or corrupt HAL.DLL"& "Invalid Boot.Ini

"Missing or corrupt HAL.DLL"& "Invalid Boot.Ini"
You should know Recovery Console options before using this tip.

If Windows XP issues "Missing or corrupt HAL.DLL," "Invalid Boot.Ini," or "Windows could not start..." error messages at startup, you can use the Bootcfg /Rebuild to rebuild and recover the system.

The five steps involved are as follows:

1.Boot from the Windows XP Setup CD and enter the Recovery Console. When the setup program runs, you will have the option to Press R to start the Recovery Console. If you are using a Windows XP SP1 CD and the system has been updated to Windows XP SP2, you should use a "slipstreamed" CD that incorporates SP2 so that outdated SP1 files are not used on an SP2 system.

2.Enter the command Attrib -H -R -S" C:\boot.ini to remove the Hidden, Read-only, and System file attributes so that it can be located, because it is a hidden system file by default. When the recovery process is complete, for security reasons, you should reverse the boot.ini file's attributes to hide it again by using the Attrib +H +R +S" C:\boot.ini command from the command prompt. You can also do that from within Windows by right-clicking on the boot.ini file and then clicking Properties in the menu that come up. You just have to place check marks with your mouse in the relevant boxes.

3.Delete the C:\boot.ini file by using the del c:\boot.ini command. Don't worry about doing that. The file will be rebuilt by the rebuilding process.

4.Enter the Bootcfg /Rebuild command at the command prompt. Assume that the information that is presented is correct and enter Y for yes.

You should be asked to Enter Load Identifier, which is the name of the operating system that will appear in boot menus. Enter Microsoft Windows XP Professional or Home Edition. Next you have to Enter OS Load Options. Normally type enter /Fastdetect.

5.Enter the Fixboot command. This writes a new partition boot sector to the boot drive, which simplifies the boot process and gives the system the best chance of making a successful recovery. Type exit & restart

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