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Recently I tried to install Win-xp on my pc running Win-me and aborted in between due to some problem. Now whenever Iam booting the pc it is giving two options to choose,

1.Microsoft windows
2.Microsoft windows xp set up
and asking me to choose one. For this I edited the c:\boot.ini file using notepad and removed the line corresponding to xp.
After this it started givingthe second option as Windows (default).

I edited agian the boot.ini and removed the line containing Default=C:\$WIN_NT$.~BT\BOOTSECT.DAT. Even then it is still giving two options to choose(windows and windows default).If Iam not choosing any option windows( default) option is getting highlighted and proceeding. After that it is trying to load windows files after a while it is showing
Windows could not start because the followinf file is missing or corrupt:
<windows root>\system32\hal.dll. Please reinstall a copy of the above file and aborting. However if I select Microsoft windows it is ok.

My current boot.ini has the following lines:

[Boot Loader]
Timeout=5
[Operating Systems]
C:\="Microsoft Windows"

Please help to remove this fault.

My pc specs are

Intel M/B 815EEA/ Win-me/256MB SDRAM/onboard video/sound.
 

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See if this M$ KB Article helps.

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;827324&Product=winxp

Restore the Computer to Its Previous Configuration
If Windows XP Setup was not completed, use one of the following methods to restore your previous operating system.

Microsoft Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, Windows Millennium Edition
To start the computer, use a startup disk that was created in the previous operating system.
At the command prompt, type:
sys c:

3. Press the ENTER key.

The boot sector is restored to its previous configuration.
4. Remove the startup disk, and then restart the computer.
5. After your earlier version of Windows starts, explore Drive C and delete the following folders:
$win_nt$.~bt folder
$win_nt$.~ls folder
 

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I transferred the system to C drive, after that it refused to start altogether and was showing this version of windows only runs in msdos etc, I do not know what had happened after that I tried to reinstall win me but could not fiinally I had to reformat C drive . Now the system is ok.
 
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