Old windows xp wont boot?

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 coltalain -
Hello,
I have and old compaq home pc and the sticker says its supposed to running on windows xp home edition but when i turn it on it pulls up this black screen and says its missing this file: <windows root>system32\hal.dll it tells me i need to replace that. what i really need to know is what are my opotions here please help!?


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Do you have your OS CD?

Insert your OS CD,press key on bootup,enter the menu

Now follow these steps

https://ccm.net/faq/9556-windows-root-system32-missing-or-corrupt

If that doesnt work just repair

https://ccm.net/faq/516-repairing-windows-xp-using-cd-installation
No I dont have a cd for it is there a way I can get the info and make my own im unemployed right now which I why I have been keeping myself busy trying to fix these things lol