login to xp

Discussion in 'Windows XP / Older OS' started by zikmoshe, Apr 7, 2009.

  1. zikmoshe

    zikmoshe MDL Novice

    Oct 21, 2008
    On my pc are 3 os's- vista sp1 and 2 xp's sp3
    I tried to reinstall one of the xp's and I couldn't log into the pc
    I run the vista repair, sonow I can log into the Vista, but when I try to log into the xp there is a msg that I should repair/copy hal.dll
    I copied it from the copy of xp but it didnht help
    Is it ossible to restore the loging to the xp?
  2. HMonk

    HMonk MDL Addicted

    Nov 3, 2008

    This error can be the result of the following:

    1. HAL.DLL (in the System32 directory) is missing or corrupt;
    2. In boot.ini, the partition path designation is incorrect;
    3. In boot.ini, the "Default=" value is missing or invalid
    4. In boot.ini, XP is not installed in the location specified;
    5. The Ntoskrnl.exe file is missing or damaged.

    View the boot.ini file in notepad and make sure that numbers 2-4, above, are correctly set. Reinstall numbers 1 and 5 just to be sure. Are there other causes, yes but the above are the most common. If, as it appears, that you are booting from a multiboot system - XP/Vista - the root (C:\) must contain the XP Boot loader (boot.ini) which contains the various OS boot options.

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