I hadn’t rebooted my computer in a few days so I did this morning. I was met with the following error message:
Winnt_root>System32Hal.dll missing or corrupt:
Please re-install a copy of the above file.
After some investigation I came across this link that told me exactly what the problem was.
I had recently updated to IE 8 and it corrupted the boot.ini file that in turn wasn’t properly locating hal.dll. Long story short, I had to reinstall windows and now I don’t have internet, network access, network printers, any of my programs ranging from Microsoft Office to Firefox and a host of other problems. This is going to take countless hours for me to fix. I was very worried that I had lost 15+ gigs of data including sermon mp3s and all of the files from church that are necessary to run several ministries and classes. I salvaged that but I am basically forced to starting over from a blank slate on my work computer.
I highly recommend not updating to IE 8. What is even crazier is it auto updated and I don’t even use IE. I use firefox. So my computer crashed over a Microsoft program I don’t even use. Thanks Microsoft!