Windows XP could not start
I have a DELL Dimension 4500S, which the previous owner "cleaned" before giving it to me. When I start it, I get the following message: "Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: <Windows root>\system32\hal.dll Please re-install a copy of the above file." How does one re-install a copy of a file when Windows cannot start? I thought I could just re-install Windows XP Professional from the reinstallation CD that came with the computer, but the system is apparently not set up to boot from the CD-drive. It looks as if it attempts to boot from the floppy drive, but I don't have a floppy boot disk.
Can anyone help, please?