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Posted on Friday, December 5, 2003 - 9:22 am:   

New Dell Workstation with WinXP Pro. Stripped OS to repartition the large HD. Initial attempt resulted in an error of missing HAL.dll file. Ran recover and got up again to factory install. Reran setup and successful in partitioning and installing XP.

When I boot up, it gives me 2 options to boot to. Both are Windows XP Professional. Selecting the top option boots fine. Selecting the second option boots to the missing HAL.dll file error. Any ideas why this is happening with the boot options and can I remove that bad option? I reformatted all the partitions after the new OS install.

THanks in advance.
Moderator (Es)
Username: Es

Registered: 6-2003
Posted on Friday, December 5, 2003 - 8:16 pm:   

The Recover procedure obviously didn't delete the original Partition so the New XP install just rewrote over the top. Under control panel>system>startup and recovery console you should be able to edit the boot loader.
Posted on Sunday, December 7, 2003 - 3:50 pm:   

Thanks. I'll try it out. If the original BAD partition wasn't deleted, how does it affect the total HD size? Is it taking up any space?

Moderator (Es)
Username: Es

Registered: 6-2003
Posted on Sunday, December 7, 2003 - 9:58 pm:   

usually not.
Posted on Monday, December 8, 2003 - 10:51 am:   


I've done what you said and I just deleted the line that causes the error in the Boot.ini file, but when I check MSCONFIG.exe it still shows up uder the boot.ini tab. I have to do the check all boot paths and then it says that there is a bad boot path...delete? YES. After rebooting, it gives a message that states that I should set the MSCONFIG to BOOT NORMAL and the bad boot path returns. It is a new system, so if all fixes won't work, I may re-format an debug the HD as well.
Any more ideas?

THanks in advance!

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