Windows XP forum: Cant boot into ANYTHING :(

by: treminaor March 1, 2008 7:36 PM PST

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Cant boot into ANYTHING :(

by treminaor - 3/1/08 7:36 PM

Ok, I am pretty computer-savy and I useually know what I am doing and more, but I am stumpted on this one. I am running a Dell XPS 600 Windows XP Media Center system(is this the same as Prefessional, except with more features?) and I have a DELL Operating System DVD (Not a CD-ROM) and I cannot boot into windows. This started when I wanted to boot into Windows Setup to preform a repair install. My computer gave me an error saying that I was missing hal.dll and I could not boot into setup. I went into windows and even though i did indeed have the hal.dll file, I thought maybe it was corrupt. Here's the part where I screwed up. I accidently replaced it with a Windows 2k hal.dll from DLL-FILES.com. I have a backup located on the drive, but I can;t get into Windows anymore now, either. It says that crucial system files are missing that are required for boot and that I need to contact my system administrator. So now I cant boot into anything but Recovery Console because I have it in my Bot Cfg. i tried to just format my drive and start from scratch by using "format C: /Q /FS:NTFS" and then I hit "yes" to format, but I does nothing and gives me another "C:WINDOWS>" prompt. I REALLY dont want to talk to some indian guy on DELL support for an hour, so do you uys have any ideas?

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