Hal.dll error on Win 98 but not on XP

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libbrichus

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Hi

I have a PC on dual boot with Windows 98 and Windows XP. There's only one hard drive with 3 partitions and Windows 98 is on C:\ and Windows XP is on D:\

Yesterday when I switched it on, instead of showing the OS Choice menu, it first gave me a boot.ini error and then a hal.dll missing error.

I booted it with a Windows XP CD, entered the Recovery Console and repaired it using bootcfg /rebuild command.

It then booted into Windows XP normally, but didn't give me the OS Choice menu this time, as expected.

I opened boot.ini and added the Windows 98 option which was missing (I'm not sure if I did this part right.) It now looks like this.

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" \fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows 98" \fastdetect


It now gives me the OS choice menu and starts Windows XP normally, but when I try to enter the Windows 98 option it gives me the ,System Root.\sytem32\hal.dll missing error again.

Can someone please tell me what could be the solution to this. Also I know everyone's problem here is urgent, but since Windows 98 has my accounting software and today is last day of financial year, my problem is genuinely very urgent for once. Please help.
 
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If I remember correctly, your boot.ini needs to look like this:
Code:
[B][boot loader]
timeout=30
default=C:\
[operating systems]
C:\="Windows 98"
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect[/B]
 

libbrichus

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Thnaks a ton. Changed the boot.ini accordingly. The solution above worked perfectly.
 
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