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    Trying to Install WinXP Home (WinXP Home with SP2)

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    Re: Trying to Install WinXP Home (WinXP Home with

    Hi and Welcome to the Lounge,

    <hr>I have partitioned the new hard drive into one 100GB partition and formatted.<hr>

    How did you do that? Before the install of Windows XP? You know that you can partition and format from inside Windows XP install program (and if no changes are made it will use the whole drive, one partition).

    Problem with hal.dll could be some different things; it is loaded early and if not working it stops with that failure even if there are more problems. Many have problem with the boot.ini file, responsible for the boot process of the OS, i.e. if multiple OS's which to boot, delay, and most important where to find the OS even if only one OS (disk and partition).

    Thus my initial question if you have done any "unusual" preparation of the disk when partitioning and formatting.

    You can find some reading on this issue at Kellys:
    Windows XP Setup - Missing HAL.DLL Error Message: Cannot Find WindowsSystem32hal.dll

    And do come back and ask if something comes to mind, it is early here (and no coffee so far) more people will jump in.

    Regards,

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    Re: Trying to Install WinXP Home (WinXP Home with SP2)

    Check out this link showing a few ways to repair the hal.dll problem. Most likely of them is that boot.ini needs editing to remove the reference to the HP boot.
    But there are other solutions to try there also.

    Go to: HAL.DLL
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    Re: Trying to Install WinXP Home (WinXP Home with

    Argus,
    My apologies.
    I see we both recommended the same web page for the repair.
    ( oh well, great minds think alike, so they say ! ) <img src=/S/clever.gif border=0 alt=clever width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Trying to Install WinXP Home (WinXP Home with

    Bob,
    You are absolved, but don

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    Re: Trying to Install WinXP Home (WinXP Home with

    Hello Argus...

    Many Thanks...Your question about how I formatted the disk triggered my memory about formatting the disk using the Maxtor "MaxBlast 4" disk that came with the disk to "prepare" the disk. It added a Dynamic Disk Overlay (DDO).

    That was the first item that your referenced website mentioned. Fortunately the Maxtor disk also provided the means to remove the DDO. After removing the DDO, WinXP installed.

    Thanks again...Jack

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    Re: Trying to Install WinXP Home (WinXP Home with SP2)

    Hello Bob...

    Whether or not you recommended the same website as Argus, it still provided good information which allowed me to get the XP installed, and I appreciate that.

    Thanks...Jack

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