operating system problems =/

April 19, 2009 at 12:01:51
Specs: Windows XP
ok, i started with windows XP professional, then downloaded the new Windows 7 trial and attempted to install it..

Then right after, i restarted the computer, and it came up with a hal.dll error..

so i tried to fix the error with windows xp repair option // reinstalling windows xp but then it installed to another drive on the HDD

so now i basically have TWO windows XP pro installed on my computer, and i am not able to load into the first WINDOWS XP, my originial one..

is there a way i can load back onto the original? cause all of my files are on that OS folder and it wont let me copy/paste because i dont have administrator rights?

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April 19, 2009 at 12:07:54
Did you read the installation instruction accompanying Windows7? You shouldn't be installing it on your main computer. It is a beta version, after all.

Did you check the minimum requirements to install Windows7? You didn't post ANY system specs, as instructed to do when posting here.

HAL (Hardware Abstraction Layer) is evidently having problems with some hardware in, or connected to, your computer.

Where were you attempting to install Windows7? It may have overwritten your original WinXP installation. Did you specify a different path?

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April 19, 2009 at 12:33:10
I believe i installed windows 7 on the same drive the XP was installed on.....

and system specs
Windows XP professional sp 2
intel E6700 dualcore cpu
sli'd evga 9800 GSOs
320 gb seagate hdd
2.75 gb ram
EVGA 680i motherboard

and thanks

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April 19, 2009 at 12:51:22
Then it probably formatted and overwrote your original files. That would be my guess.

You could try using a file recovery program and see if anything comes up. Or you could try booting to a Knoppix live CD to try recovery. Below is a list of recovery programs, couresy of aegis1. Also below that is a link to a Knoppix download.

PC Inspector (freeware)
Zero assumption Recovery
The demo is limited
It will only recover 'up to' four folders per run
But you can make multiple runs
IMO the best, but not free


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April 19, 2009 at 13:16:28
sorry to be a burden, but would there be a way to make it be at the point where i tried to install windows 7?
im installing Knoppix live at the moment by the way

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April 19, 2009 at 13:30:42
You don't install Knoppix to your computer. You burn it to CDR and boot to it. Don't write to your hard drive any more than necessary.

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April 19, 2009 at 14:27:55
errr thats what i meant;
i was downloading; and now i tried running it live mode on the pc..
except.. i'm clueless to what i have to do..

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April 19, 2009 at 14:58:00
errr thats what i meant;
i was downloading; and now i tried running it live mode on the pc..
except.. i'm clueless to what i have to do..

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April 19, 2009 at 15:16:48
You say that you that you have 2 copies of XP and can't get into the original, that's normal when you reinstall on the same drive/partition.
Assuming you can still boot into the new XP instalation, backup all your data (documents, photos, music etc.) to an external drive/dvd before you lose everything.
Then format the drive and do a clean install of XP to get rid of the mess.
If you had read the instructions before attempting to install Windows 7, you would know that you can't upgrade from XP, which is what you appear to have done.
If you still want to install W7, then create 2 partitions on your drive before reinstalling XP, allow about 30gb for W7.
You will need to boot in with the W7 dvd to install, do not run it from XP.
Be aware that XP will NOT be visable in W7 and will NOT create a boot option menu for XP, you will need to download EasyBCD, a free download to create a boot menu to allow you to boot to XP.
If this is getting too hard for you, give W7 a miss.

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April 19, 2009 at 15:18:57
There is a help mode. What you want to do is to view your hard drive. Did Knoppix configure the hard drive? If so, you need to copy your personal files to somewhere else. Knoppix should be able to configure any storage media you have available. Second hard drive, flash drive, external drive, CDR or DVDR, etc.

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April 19, 2009 at 16:42:41
windows 7, won't set-up dual boot, with XP, without a 3rd party?
if that's true, that's a disgrace.


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April 19, 2009 at 19:46:27
errr thats what i meant;
i was downloading; and now i tried running it live mode on the pc..
except.. i'm clueless to what i have to do..

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April 20, 2009 at 04:08:31
Google is your friend. Below is just one hit after Googling the phrase "how to use Knoppix" without the quotes.


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