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Windows 7: hal.dll problem persists due to upgrade?

24 Jul 2013   #1

Windows 7 Pro 32 bit
 
 
hal.dll problem persists due to upgrade?

Hi

I first installed Windows 7 Home Edition, then upgraded to Pro Edition using Anytime Upgrade. I didn't get a disc for the Pro Edition, I just have the Home Edition disc.

Now I'm trying to fix a hal.dll error but the system won't repair it. Is this because of the upgrade to Pro Edition?

Do I need to reinstall and then upgrade again online...?

OF

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24 Jul 2013   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

Welcome to the Seven Forums

Here is a tutorial that has a link to the .iso that you can burn to a DVD.
Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
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24 Jul 2013   #3

Windows 7 Pro 32 bit
 
 

Hi Bongo

I have the factory disc for Home Edition, if worse comes to worse I can reinstall the Home Edition and then I guess re-upgrade to Pro.
I still don't know why the hal.dll corrupted.
(I read on another forum that hal.dll isn't needed by an OS later than XP, but whatever...)
If no one suggests a way to replace hal.dll itself without needing to reinstall everything, I guess that's what I'll have to do.
But I'm hoping someone can tell me about some kind of 'back door fix' of just this .dll .
I'm also hoping someone can explain what I did wrong so that I can avoid doing that next time.
Thanks
OF
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24 Jul 2013   #4

Win 7 Pro x64 SP1, Win 7 Ult x86 SP1
 
 

Jerry gave the link where you can download the Win 7 Pro ISO and create a bootable Install disc.
You could use that Win 7 Pro disc to see if a repair will fix your issue.

See steps 1 and 2 for downloading and burning
Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

I also found this MS thread about missing hal.dll you can look through
Windows 7 reporting missing or corrupt hal.dll boot file - Microsoft Community
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24 Jul 2013   #5

Windows 7 Pro 32 bit
 
 

Bongo and DavidW7ncus,

I flinched when I saw "OEM". Long story. I'm new here and newer to Digital River. I've had time to skim DR's web page and I now understand the purpose of the link, the ISO CD, and the legality of it. Sorry.

Thanks, both, for the information. I'll get back to you when I've dug into this further.

Cheers
OF
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25 Jul 2013   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

I should have explained it a little bit better sorry for the confusion.

Thank you David for a better explanation.

Jerry
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26 Jul 2013   #7

Windows 7 Pro 32 bit
 
 

The boot disc couldn't fix the hal.dll problem so I tried the Custom install. I knew there'd be an 'overwrite' but I thought that just meant it would use the same partition and I assumed that a "Windows Old" folder would be created but it wasn't.

Is there a way to un-do this installation to restore the computer to where there was the original problem? I want to instead install onto a different disc drive because this installation wiped everything.

OF
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