[Solved] DISASTER Arghhhhhhhh

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casper03

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after serious problems with dual boot xp\me i decided to
bite the bullet and reformat the ME side of the hard drive....

thats when it all began, firstly i couldnt get it to boot at all
then after hours of voilent head banging on walls and floors
and anything else i could bang the daft thing off i had an idea
so i reinstalled windows ME on the back end of the drive with xp
still sitting there on a hidden partition.

so i reinstalled bootmagic and thought yes! thats me sorted
so i set it up to boot between the two os's boots into me no
problems.

but when i try to boot into the xp side that took about two month
to perfect i got this message

"windows could not start because the following file is either missing or corrupt <windows root>system32\hal.dll.

can anyone tell me how to rienstall a copy of this file to the hidden partition and where do i extract it from as i have never heard of it before....

many many many thanks to all on this site
and all the best for the coming festive season
 
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The file is in the Driver.cab file, which is located under Driver Cache\i386 folder.

Good luck and Happy Holidays.
 
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you can look at this article, select the closest problem and go from there

Your probably going to need to run the emergency recovery console with the setup disks

Reformatting the partition also deleted the files xp needs to start up

here
 

casper03

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thanks for reply:
could you possibly tell me how i would extract that file and how or where i would extract it to as im completely lost now ive been at this for ten hours
 
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check this for reinstalling the hal file, it's for 2k but should be similar
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=%2fsearch%2fviewDoc.aspx%3fdocID%3dKC.Q199175%26dialogID%3d6924274%26iterationID%3d1%26sessionID%3danonymous%7c4980036
 

casper03

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thanks again:
but all that comes up is a page that says kberror
this page either no longer exsists or has been moved ect.
 
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Boot to MS-DOS mode using the hard drive or a boot floppy and use the EXTRACT command. Here the Syntax:

EXTRACT [/Y] [/A] [/D | /E] [/L dir] cabinet [filename ...]
EXTRACT [/Y] source [newname]
EXTRACT [/Y] /C source destination

cabinet - Cabinet file (contains two or more files).
filename - Name of the file to extract from the cabinet.
Wild cards and multiple filenames (separated by
blanks) may be used.

source - Compressed file (a cabinet with only one file).
newname - New filename to give the extracted file.
If not supplied, the original name is used.

/A Process ALL cabinets. Follows cabinet chain
starting in first cabinet mentioned.
/C Copy source file to destination (to copy from DMF disks).
/D Display cabinet directory (use with filename to avoid extract).
/E Extract (use instead of *.* to extract all files).
/L dir Location to place extracted files (default is current directory).
/Y Do not prompt before overwriting an existing file.
 

casper03

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thank you thank you thank you :
ill post back and let you know how it goes
 
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copy and paste the link, I have no idea why it's doing that when the url tags are added
 

casper03

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would just like you all to know that I've ended up back where
I started, but now both me and xp installs are perfect using
acronis OS selector 100 times better than bootmagic.

just like to say once again that I wish all of you and your
the very very best for the Christmas period.
and a very happy new year especially our American friends
may the best of your yesterdays be the worst of your tomorrows
 
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Thanks for sharing the good news and Acronis OS.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
 
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