Missing DLL file preventing installation of Win XP


John Blake

I'm attempting an upgrade from Windows 98 to Windows XP
Home Edition. My computer has been acting extremely
unreliably and I have not been able to do much to fix it.
I fixed everything that Norton SystemWorks and Anti-Virus
found wrong (had two viruses, uncertain of possible damage
they did before removal), but it still takes forever to
load, programs freeze repeatedly, runs slowly as Hell (way
slower than a PIII 866MHz w/ 512 MB RDRAM should), and
crashes on me occasionally. My brother suggested
reinstalling Win98, but my disk has disappeared, so what
else is there to do but upgrade.

Here's the problem: after removing all Blocking Issues and
Warnings in my compatibility report, I began the
installation. Somwehere near the end of the "Preparing
for Installation" it switches to a MS-DOS looking screen
with the following:

"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."

I figured no biggie, I'll just go to DLL-FILES.com and
download it. Well, even after putting the DLL file I got
from them in both the System and System32 directories, no
such luck. I go the same error message. Anybody know
what I should do now?

I'm preparing myself to have to back up all of my files in
case I need to do a clean install. :( However, I would
rather not have to do that unless absolutely necessary.
Thanks for taking the time to read this.

John Blake
Jax, FL


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