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Gateway notebook laptop

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by tonchis, Aug 12, 2011.

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  1. tonchis

    tonchis Thread Starter

    Feb 25, 2010
    I have a Gateway notbook with windows xp and at startup it will not open but reports an error, (windows root \system32\hal.dll) file missing or corrup please reinstall a copy of the file.

    thank you,

  2. Tabvla


    Apr 10, 2006
    In simplified terms the Windows XP startup process follows this sequence (please note that this is simpliified)

    PHASE 1 : Start > POST Sequence > Partition Table > MBR > Boot Code > ntldr

    PHASE 2 : ntldr > boot.ini > ntdetect.com > ntoskrnl.exe > hal.dll > REGISTRY > winlogon.exe > lsass.exe > User Logon

    As you can see from the above the hal.dll is need to be loaded prior to loading the REGISTRY. If you cannot load the REGISTRY then you cannot do much on a Windows XP machine.

    Microsoft discusses startup issues in Article 314477 at the link below. Read through those parts of the Article that are applicable to the hal.dll problem and see if that is applicable to your issue.


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