hal.dll

#1
I swear to God I'm crying.

I have Vista Home 32bit on my computer on a C: partition. I decided to dualboot XP by asking members of a forum for advice - well it led me to destroying Vista's boot thing.

So basically everytime I try to start Vista I get the '........./hal.dll is missing or corrupt. Please reinstall to continue' This makes me so damn angry.

I have a recovery CD that I made from this site (since the guys at Future Shop wanted to charge me $100 for something they said I could do myself)

I tried this http://neosmart.net/wiki/display/EBCD/Recovering+the+Vista+Bootloader+from+the+DVD

but all it leads me to is bootsect.exe not being a function or something.

Please help me - this is a week old pc and already I've messed it up, because XP doesn't even work properly anyways (with the resourceCD being Dell only)

Edit - looking 2 threads below me, I tried changing the path of the bootsect to my dvd drive but it tells me the device is not ready
 
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mqudsi

Mostly Harmless
Staff member
#2
Does XP run? or nothing at all?