reinstall windows xp with a corrupt computer

March 26, 2012 at 17:46:35
Specs: windows 7, 628 Gbs
Have recovered this computer several times, and no problems. I wanted to try something different, so, i made a dual boot with xp, and ubuntu. Later, i wanted to go back to only xp. No problems with that. Ran the xp for about a year, and blue screen, and could not get to stay off the blue screen. My grandkids use this computer, so, i was just playing around, and put the Ubuntu, updated version on, as my only os. I can only guess it done away with my xp. The Ubuntu worked well, until the kids kept me busy trying to figure how to use the Ubuntu program, and told me they did not like it. I guess my luck had ran out, for when i ran all my xp install disc, and when it started to reboot, i get a black screen telling me "windows root \system32\hal.dll" is missing, and to reinstall. I am at a loss as to what to try now, for i am unable to do anything to get past this. I would like to know how to reformat, and reinstall xp again, if possible. Any suggestions, or help would be appreciated. Thanks a bunch.


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March 26, 2012 at 18:40:20
Do you have separate partitions for each operating system?

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March 26, 2012 at 19:41:31
thanks for the reply, and i tried to get back sooner, as, i think i gotten by with the problem. I have 2 cd/dvd drives. One of the drives came with the compter, and that is the one i used to try and reinstall xp with. I do not understand at all, but, i used the dvd drive that i installed, and it came out good, and i had tried a few other things, only from cd drive.

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March 27, 2012 at 05:51:03
Start with a clean slate. Boot off the XP disc, delete ALL partitions, then create one or more new partitions, & format using NTFS (full). The full format will take a while. Once formatted, continue with the install. Make sure you have all the drivers ready in advance (chipset, video, audio, network, etc). If you don't have SP3, install that before running Windows Update. And I suggest using Microsoft Security Essentials anti-virus.

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