Problem Installing XP on Backup HD

Chuck February 3, 2009 at 17:40:01
Specs: Windows Vista
I have a Vista PC with a second HD that I use for backup. I am trying to install XP on a new partiton that I created on on the 2nd hard drive.

When I boot to the XP setup disk, it goes thru the setup procedure and says that the computer needs to reboot and setup will continue. However, when th PC reboots setup justs restart and does not continue.

Now when I try to boot to either HD, I get a message saying:

Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
<Windows root>\system32\hal.dll.
Please reinstall a copy of the above file.



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February 3, 2009 at 19:40:09
The old try dual boot and bork your system trick ehhh?

Sometimes the bios kind of confuses the deal. Some sata and add-on cards might be one way to the bios and another way to the OS. First bootable active partition issue is my guess no matter what the reason.

Xp borked your install of vista, as with most MS products. Pop in your Vista DVD and use the repair feature. Hopefully it will fix your Vista install.

Then get either virtualbox or virtual pc and run a vitual machine or re-read the hundreds of how to's on dual booting Vista and XP guides.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10

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