How can hal.dll be missing from XP CD?

My husband is a sales manager of a large business and he carries a laptop everyday. His company IT man gives his an installation CD which always stays with his laptop. The system is Windows XP Pro. sp2.

A few days ago, he did again a reinstallation with the CD.

I suggested yesterday that he should have the Windows XP system transferred to a USB flash for saving a lot of reinstallation time.
So, we purchased a brand new USB flash, 8 GB and downloaded Wintoflash
and started the transfer process.

Shortly after starting, the process stopped and a message showed up saying, "Can not find D:\1386\system32\hal.dll or D:\1386\system32\hal.dl_
Can not find D:1386\system32\kernel32.dll
2 errors."

How could these files be missing from the installation CD?
or
Why could not Wintoflash find them if they were not missing?

Help, PLEASE.

Thanks.

Vicky
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  1. Most windows install media has compressed versions of the files which get extracted during installation. For example, on disk hal.dll might be hal.dl_ on the install cd. The install media also contains many archived files - instead of zip, windows uses .cab files. A dll would need extracted from a cab file before it can be used. Perhaps wintoflash isn't handling all of these properly.

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/888017

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/132913
  2. Hawkeye22 said:
    Most windows install media has compressed versions of the files which get extracted during installation. For example, on disk hal.dll might be hal.dl_ on the install cd. The install media also contains many archived files - instead of zip, windows uses .cab files. A dll would need extracted from a cab file before it can be used. Perhaps wintoflash isn't handling all of these properly.

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/888017

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/132913


    Thank you very much, Mr. Hawkeye22.

    Have read the articles.

    When do I apply the "expand.exe" described in http://support.microsoft.com/kb/888017 ?

    Do I run this prior to launching Wintoflash?

    Or, do I run this when Wintoflash can not find the "hal.dll" file?

    Your instructions will be highly appreciated!

    Vicky
  3. Unfortunately I've never used wintoflash. I was just explaining how wintoflash may have not been able to find the necessary files on the install cd even though you could reinstall windows using this same cd.

    Hopefully someone with experience using wintoflash will respond.
  4. Hawkeye22 said:
    Unfortunately I've never used wintoflash. I was just explaining how wintoflash may have not been able to find the necessary files on the install cd even though you could reinstall windows using this same cd.

    Hopefully someone with experience using wintoflash will respond.


    Yes. Mr. Hawkeye22. Understand.
    The information you have provided is very valuable.

    Thank you very much!

    Vicky
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