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Windows SYSTEM32 System Folder Corrupted

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Irksome, Jan 29, 2007.

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  1. Irksome

    Irksome Thread Starter

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    Hi

    I have recently tried to install a piece of networking software that my friend gave me on disc. In doing so, it has replaced certain system files in the SYSTEM32 folder.

    Now, whenever I try to boot my PC, it gives me a message saying something like "Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: WINDOWS\system32\hal.dll".

    I don't know what to do here. I have tried using my two Windows CD's but they are all scratched and corrupt now, therefore no use.

    At this point I have just ran out of ideas. Any suggestions on this would be greatly apprieciated.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Irksome

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    Update

    I've just had a thought. If I install my copy of Windows Server 2003 on the PC and boot into that, would I not be able to just replace the system32 folder on the XP installation?

    I want someone else's opinion before doing this though.
     
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    OK I've installed Server 2003 and booted into it successfully. Now I need to replace the system32 folder for the XP installation. Should I just copy my system32 folder from my laptop to the desktop, then use that?
     
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