"Dave Clark" <firstname.lastname@example.org.(nospam)> wrote in message
>I get the following error when I start up my PC.
> "Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
> <windows root>\system32\hal.dll error
> Please re-install a copy of the above file"
> I have looked into solutions for this and I know that you are supposed to
> able to replace the hal.dll through the recovery console as described at
> Unfortunatey I get an access denied message when I try to do this. I do
> what the administrator password is but I don't get prompted for it when I
> start the recovery console.
> Is there a way to log into recovery console manually so it knows I am the
> I am happy to wipe the machine if I am able to get a couple of files off
> first, so any suggestions of how to do this would be appreciated also!!
> Safe mode, Last Known Good Configuration etc etc don't work. It is also a
> laptop so putting the hard disk as a slave in another machine isn't an
> Many thanks,