Missing file

im new to forums like this so im sorry if i go on a bit,
my old tower PC (windows XP) has recently started showing the message: Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
<Windows root>\system32\hal.dll.
Please re-install a copy of the above file
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  1. btw, sorry if i posted in the wrong section, i couldnt quite find one that fits any better than this section of the forum
  2. http://pcsupport.about.com/od/findbyerrormessage/a/missinghaldll.htm

    The problem may not be with the hal.dll file itself but rather a corrupt disk or boot.ini or even worst case a faulty hard drive, see the above link.
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