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

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  1. NXXcdo

    NXXcdo Thread Starter

    Aug 30, 2003
    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


    Dec 22, 2004
    Are you restarting with the XP cd in ?

    and is the pc set to boot from cd ?

  3. Elvandil


    Aug 1, 2003
    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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