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. Score 0 Anonymous January 4, 2010 10:16:59 PM Duplicate. Score 0 Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources SolvedBotched XP upgrade, how do I get Windows ME back? Forum How to go back to Windows XP/2000 after you have upgraded to windows 7 Forum SolvedHow to reset settings back to factory on a Gateway Windows XP desktop Forum SolvedHow to restore xp downgrade back to windows 7 Forum How to upgrade from windows me to windows xp Forum SolvedHow revert back to win7 after system restore windows xp Forum how you convert a file back to its original format in windows xp Forum How can I change what was once windows 7, is now xp, back to 7? Forum windows xp screen looks like a negative how do i change it back to normal Forum SolvedTell me how to setup my system to boot between windows xp and 7/8 Forum How to get windows xp taskbar blue color back Forum I have changed my account of windows xp how can i get it back Forum Windows XP How to set limit back up size Forum Solvedhow do i get sound drivers for a dx 7300 from windows xp upgraded to windows 7 ultimate? Forum How to go back to windows 8 after upgrading to 8.1. Forum How can i clean my dek top computer on windows xp back to factory settings with Forum How can bring back my 896MB to 1GB of RAM in windows xp Forum Windows 7 back to XP (how is it done) Forum SolvedI upgraded from xp to windows 7, and lost chipset video driver, how do I get a replacement without having to download utility Forum SolvedI had windows 7, but I used the factory reset and now the OS is Windows XP. Any way to restore back to Windows 7? Forum More resources !