I am in a pickle.....I enlarged my D partition which was formatted for Fat32 to add Fat32 files -IPod media recovered files which were not accessable/loadable by my media players/editors. It sounds like I could have reformatted this to NTSF, but don't know if that would make a difference (very confusing). I used Easeus partition manager, which seems so easy to do this with and it went through a process of moving files on C drive. All seemed perfect and I was excited when it rebooted feeling now at least I could test my theory and hope for the best in truely converting my files into readable media files.
Once it rebooted, before Windows XP launched, I got an error message:
Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: <windows root>\system32\hal.dll
Please re-install a copy of the above file.
I've done a lot of research on this and the information I got said this usually doesn't mean a hal.dll file problem, it means that your boot.ini file needs to be worked on -copied, reloaded/istalled, etc. Not having my original Window XP setup disc I ran through the steps of changing boot order in Bios- no improvement. I purchased bootable iso set up files for XP, burned to bootable CD using Nero which booted my computer to set up utilities mostly Dos script processes (very advanced for an un-educated IT guy). I found a tool within the utilities which got me into the file contents of both C and D partitions and located the boot.ini file in drive C. it seems like this would be the place to edit, copy from or reorganize the set up order to have Winows launch or recognize while booting up.
Does anybody know how to make sure this file is in the right place, or how to put it in the right place, edit details, or is the C partition not launching first, is it launching the D partion first which doesn't have the OS or boot.ini file within,
How the file got mis-placed in the first hand?
Lots of questions, but bottom line- Computer won't start Windows, therefore I can't use it! Arghh...
Your help is much appreciated!!