Windows XP – No Boot Issues

Missing HAL.dll – This works 9 out of 10 times

Great stuff for any one getting bugged by the hal.dll error message on bootup. Works great. Actually contributed by my collegue Sachin Sil.


That’s him … As i alwats say “Looks could be deceptive … LOL” … ( I know he is gonna go mad after reading this )

Use Bootcfg Utility to Repair Boot.ini File

If you are able to log on to the Recovery Console, perform the following steps to repair the boot.ini file:

  1. Boot your Windows XP PC from the Windows XP installation disk.
  2. On the Welcome to Windows screen, press R.
  3. Select the Windows installation you want to repair and provide the administrator username and password.
  4. On the Recovery Console command prompt, type bootcfg /rebuild and then press Enter.
  5. The command will load the Windows installation and prompt the following messages:

Add installation to boot list? (Yes/No/All)
Type Y

Enter Load Identifier:

Type Windows XP Professional or Windows XP Home Edition.

Enter OS Load options:

Leave blank and press Enter.

  1. Restart your PC and select the first boot menu item.

Windows XP should start normally now.


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