Closed Botched XP upgrade, how do I get Windows ME back? Tags: Windows Me Computers Windows XP Windows Last response: January 4, 2010 10:16 PM in Windows 95/98/ME Share iamjoedy January 2, 2010 5:01:18 PM I stopped a full or clean install of Windows XP on my Windows ME computer once I figured out it would probably want to format my disk and wipe out all the data I have on it. The setup routine would not give me an option to do an update, my only choice was a full install Whenever I started the computer, it wanted me to continue the XP install or boot into windows, which I thought was annoying. Without giving it much thought, I deleted 3 files in the root c: directory that I had noticed the XP install had written there, one of them being the boot.ini file. What a dummy! Now, I can't start my computer up, it just keeps giving me the error messages: invalid boot.ini file booting from c:\windows then Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: <Windows root>\system32\hal.dll What do I need to do to be able to start the Windows ME system so that I can recover the files I deleted and access the data i still have on it? More about : botched upgrade windows back Zoron January 4, 2010 2:19:34 PM See my answer in XP forum. Anonymous January 4, 2010 10:16:59 PM Duplicate. Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources Botched XP upgrade , how do I get Windows ME back ? Forum Botched boot.ini - cannot boot into a system Forum Botched hard drive upgrade Forum Botched XP installation; error in rollback to previous sys.. Forum Botched setup Forum Botched XP Installation Forum Windows 8 Pro Activation Key Forum How do I get back Windows 7? Forum What's Windows Vista Worth? Play Guy's Guesstimating Game. Forum How to go back to windows xp from windows 7 trial Forum Is Dell REALLY this stupid? (or is it just me ?) Forum Argh! Botched my MF runs in SP! Also need some RuneWord re.. Forum Botched BIOS update Forum In need of serious help with botched bios flash! Forum Save XP ! Forum I need immediate help formatting my Windows Vista hd back to XP .. HELP Forum Windows XP - in filmstrip view it keeps jumping back to the beginning of the lis Forum "NTLDR is missing" windows 95 Forum Windows 98/Me Alternatives Forum [Solved] Windows 95 pc wont boot my other OS Forum More resources !