Problem with upgrade from ME to XP

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richie2837

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Hi, I've trid upgrading from ME to XP, but when I boot up I get the message: "Windows could not start bcaus th following file is missing or corrupt: \SYSTEM32\HAL.DLL. Please reinstall a copy of the above file" Then th computer locks up. I have been unable to boot up using the XP install CD, so how do I get out of this?
 
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Welcome to TSG....

Have you backed up your important data before you went thru with the upgrade?

If this does not work I would suggest to do what follows:

Kelly's Corner hal.dll
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_haldll_missing.htm


You might have to remove the hard drive from this computer and install it in another computer as a slave drive and after it is able to be accessed by Windows on that computer you will have to manually backup all of your important data that you have to another media like CD-R's, DVD or Thumb drive. Then when this is done return it to the original computer as a master drive on the primary IDE cable
 

richie2837

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Yes, everything is safely backed-up. Unofrtunately the link refers to possible solutions which I cannot try as the computer locks up. ANy ida why I can't boot from the cd even though th cd drive is the first boot device?
 
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No but if you still have the Windows ME original disk you can do a clean install with the windows xp disk and with a format also.

Insert the windows upgrade disk and start thru the installation doing a format when asked and make sure it is for the proper drive. When it is needed the install process will ask for the Windows ME disk for verification you put the disk in at this time and the install process will verify the prior legal os and proceed thru the installation, when it proceeds thru the installation replace the Windows ME disk with the upgrade windows xp disk and follow the prompts and you should be home free.
 
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