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XP's Little-Known 'Rebuild' Command

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XP's Little-Known 'Rebuild' Command

There's an easy fix for "Missing HAL.DLL," "Invalid Boot.Ini," and several other fatal startup errors.

For example, if you already have some knowledge of the commands involved, many "Missing or corrupt HAL.DLL," "Invalid Boot.Ini," or "Windows could not start..." problems can be fixed with these five shortcut steps:

  • Boot from your XP Setup CD and enter the Recovery Console
  • Run "Attrib -H -R -S" on the C:\Boot.ini file
  • Delete the C:\Boot.ini file
  • Run "Bootcfg /Rebuild"
  • Run Fixboot

It really can be as simple as that! Read the rest of the article here.

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Handy trick, if it works! Thanks!


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  • 6 months later...

I wish I had known about this before I pulled the drive to reformat it on another laptop. I broke two of the

pins upon hard disc removal. ....Brand new Seagate hard drive.

Thanks for this valuable information. I should have researched the problem more thoroughly before

my desparate move.

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