Follow these easy steps to restore the damaged/corrupted or missing hal.dll file from the Windows XP CD using the Recovery Console.
- Enter Windows XP Recovery Console.
- When you reach the command line prompt (detailed in Step 6 in the link above), type the following and then press Enter:
expand d:i386hal.dl_ c:windowssystem32
Using the expand command as shown above, d represents the drive letter assigned to the optical drive that your Windows XP CD is currently in. While this is most often d, your system could assign a different letter. Also, c:windows represents the drive and folder that Windows XP is currently installed on. Again, this is most often the case but your system could be different.
- If you’re prompted to overwrite the file, press Y.
- Take out the Windows XP CD, type exit and then press Enter to restart your PC.
Assuming that a missing or corrupt hal.dll file was your only issue, Windows XP should now start normally.