How to Fix Error Hal.dll is Missing or Corrupt for Windows Hal.dll is a critical file in all Windows installations, and if it cannot be correctly loaded, Windows fail to start. HAL is short for Hardw...
2017-12-25T04:39:17Z

How to Fix Error Hal.dll is Missing or Corrupt for Windows

Hal.dll is a critical file in all Windows installations, and if it cannot be correctly loaded, Windows fail to start. HAL is short for Hardware Abstraction Layer and hal.dll is Microsoft's implementation of the HAL concept. Communication between Windows and different hardware platforms is facilitated by hal.dll.

Hal.dll is Missing or Corrupt

Attempting to start your Windows PC running Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8 presents a Windows Boot Manager error screen similar to the one above.

The Status 0x code and the Info text may differ, but the file in question is always \Windows\system32\hal.dll

Attempting to start your Windows XP PC presents a boot-time error screen similar to the one below:

Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
\system32\hal.dll.
Please re-install a copy for the above file.

This error has been known to occur as a result of one or more of the following. This message is particularly misleading because normally the fault does not actually lie with hal.dll:

Cause 1: Invalid BOOT.INI file configuration
Cause 2: BCD configuration is incorrect
Cause 3: The hal.dll file is in fact corrupted or missing

How to Fix Error Hal.dll is Missing or Corrupt for Windows


Windows XP


Repair the boot configuration using the Windows XP Recovery Console
Note : The Windows XP CD is required to perform the following steps
  1. Insert the Windows XP CD into the CD drive and restart the computer.
  2. Press the <Spacebar> when prompted Press any key to boot from CD.
  3. At the Welcome to Setup screen press <R> to start the Recovery Console.
  4. If prompted, select the number corresponding to the Windows installation you want to log into (usually C:\WINDOWS) and press <Enter>.
  5. Enter the Administrator password, if any, and press <Enter>.
  6. At the C:\WINDOWS> prompt, type cd \ and press <Enter>.
    There is one space between cd and \ (the backslash).
  7. Type bootcfg /rebuild and press <Enter>.
    There is one space between bootcfg and / (the slash) and no space between / and rebuild.
  8. When prompted Add installation to boot list? (Yes/No/All), type y, and press <Enter>.
  9. When Enter Load Identifier appears, type one of the following that best describes your operating system and press <Enter>:
    • Windows XP Home Edition for Windows XP Home Edition
    • Windows XP Professional for Windows XP Professional
    • Windows XP Media Center for Windows XP Media Center
  10. When Enter OS Load Options appears, type /NoExecute=OptIn /fastdetect and press <Enter>.
  11. Remove the Windows XP CD from the CD drive.
  12. Type Exit, and press <Enter> to reboot into Windows XP.

Windows Vista, Windows 7 or 8

Note : The Windows Vista, Windows 7 or 8 CD/DVD is required to perform the following steps
  1. Insert your Windows installation DVD into your PC's CD-ROM drive,
  2. Fully power down your PC, and make sure it has fully shut off,
  3. Power up your PC,
  4. Press any key when you see Press any key to boot from CD or DVD..
  5. Click the link titled Repair your computer in the bottom-lefthand corner, after first selecting your language and keyboard options.
  6. Wait for Startup Repair to scan your PC for Windows installations, then select your install from the list it shows.
  7. Choose Startup Repair from the list of available recovery options to begin.
  8. Startup Repair will begin scanning your installation for known issues and will attempt a repair, if possible.
  9. Wait sometime , all completed.
  10.  Remove the Windows CD/DVD.
  11. Reboot your PC.

So this was our guide on How to Fix Error Hal.dll is Missing or Corrupt for Windows, I hope the methods given above helped you.
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