When we booted an XP computer, we got a message that hal.dll was missing. Since Windows won't boot and DOS/98 can't access an NTFS drive, how can we replace the dll? We have a system restore CD (SRCD), but we don't know what it may or may not do to the established profiles and data. We are going to try using the SRCD to create a new XP system on a new drive, slave the original drive and copy the dll over. Worst to worst, we'll use this idea to recover all of our data before using SRCD.
My question: Will this work (assuming hal.dll is the only missing file)? Or does someone know what we will need to do?