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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by NXXcdo, Feb 8, 2005.

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  1. NXXcdo

    NXXcdo Thread Starter

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    I was trying to install WinXP on a computer that had 98 on it. I reformatted the HDD to NTFS, and when I rebooted, I got an error message saying that ntldr couldn't be found, so I made a floppy with ntldr, ntdetect, and boot.ini, which solved that problem. But now I have another problem I can't get around. It says now that hal.dll is missing, which is understandable considering the drive is completely blank. I can't get into DOS at all, my only options are to restart or sit there and stare at the screen. Help me.
     
  2. Cadet

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    Are you restarting with the XP cd in ?

    and is the pc set to boot from cd ?

    cadet
     
  3. Elvandil

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    Remove all the partitions ("unformat" the drive). How did you do the NTFS format? In any case, format with XP setup from the XP CD and not with a third-party utility.

    DOS is of no use since it can't read, manipulate, or recognize NTFS partitions. Use only NT-based tools.
     
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