Not able to start up.... missing hal.dll PLEASE HELP



Hello everyone, I tried to boot up today, however I got an error that says

Windows could not boot due to a corrupt or missing file:
<Windows registry> /system32/hal.dll
Please re-install the above file

I have just coppied a file from my friends computer, however, I do not know how to reinstall it considering that I am not able to boot up!!!

Please tell me how I can reinstall this from my A drive

Thanks in advance,
Yeah, Boot your machine using an old 98/95 boot floppy or CD, this will take you to a DOS prompt, then just copy your file.

ta ta

just copying the file might not be enough, sounds like something hosed XP, you might wanna pop in ya XP cd and do a repair installation
Try running the system restore from the XP cd on start up check out MS site for detail on how to use it. Its a issue I had with my Windows\system32\config\system.
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I will try to boot with an old 98 cd.... as for the option of booting with the XP cd, I got it off of my MSDN Developer CD which is a DVD, so I dont know how to open that without having windows running already.

Thanks for anymore help... do you think I can call Microsoft and have them help me, dare I say, for free?

Thanks again!

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