dell xps 200 won't boot

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vbstein

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When booting, I get an error message: missing file: system32\hal.dll.
Also, when I try to boot from dvd, I get a message that there is a failure. The dvd drive is recognized in the bios and I tried an extertnal drive also without success.
i recently upgraded from xp to vista but all was working fine. I also replaced memory but Dell diagnostic testing showed all tests passed. Please help. Thanks.
 

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Repair HAL (hardware extraction layer) on a Dell computer
http://www.dell.com/support/article/us/en/19/SLN132839/EN

The major problem I see is that your computer shipped with XP and so the directions to repair the MBR for Vista do not apply because the computer did not ship with Vista.

when I try to boot from dvd
What sort of DVD are you trying to boot? Windows Vista comes on a CD not a DVD. Windows 7 comes on a DVD.
 
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