Windows installation changed from C: to D:

August 19, 2015 at 05:03:55
Specs: Linux windows xp home editon
Original problem: Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt <windowsroot>system32\hal.dll (but when I checked it was there) In my attempt to fix this I somehow changed my Windows installation from C:\Windows to D:\Windows. Using Windows Recovery Console and bootcfg to change it back to C:\ but I'm having no luck. Any ideas,suggestions?
Note: my computer is not a Linux. It's a Hewlett Packard Pavilion 734n AMD Athlon XP 2400+ 2.00 GHz, 1.00 of RAM, Windows XP Home Edition with Service Pack 2.

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August 19, 2015 at 05:14:53
See these two:

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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August 19, 2015 at 05:17:43
I'll give them a try. Thanks

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August 19, 2015 at 07:03:17
Checked the two support sites out to no avail. Windows will not start up due to the original "missing or corrupt" half.DLL. But I made even worse when I accidently moved my c:\windows to d:\windows. I think if I can move it back to its original location I might have a chance. I hope.

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August 19, 2015 at 08:57:31
Two questions:

Is there any data (personal files - stuff) on the drive that you'd like to safeguard?

If so then the first thing todo is to duplicate/copy it all to external media.Typically DVD but an external hard drive too is nice(r).

If the system won't boot at all and thus allow you access to those important personal files etc... Then download and burn to a DVD a free ISO for ubuntu ( Boot with that DVD and then you can access the hard drive and al its contents; and thus copy all your files to DVD etc...

Having done that one can safely set about resolving the problem as described?

Second (implied) question; presumably it won't boot even into safe-mode?

Supplementary: do you have full version (OEM or Retail) disk for XP?

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August 19, 2015 at 09:28:15
Full version that came with PC. Can't boot using any safe mode. I'll to use another PC to down load Ubuntu and burn the ISO image to DVD.

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August 19, 2015 at 09:58:21
When you've safeguarded your files etc. post back... It may be able to recover the damaged installation - once your files have been safeguarded of course.

When you make your copies of your files (via ubuntu or whichever) verify the DVDs are accessible on at least one other working system if possible.

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