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I screwed up. Again. Last night, after successfully piecing together my first build I installed windows xp. This morning, I thought I'd try to reinstall and change some settings (I have no idea why I chose to do this considering I have no idea what I'm doing). This is precisely where things went haywire.


As the machine boots, I come to a screen that gives me the option to enter Windows XP or Windows XP Setup. Through Windows XP Setup, setup checks the system and then proceeds to ask me if I want to overwrite or start a new folder (other than Windows). I tell it to overwrite. From there it scans the disk and tells me 'Setup cannot copy file: hraidsk1'. If I tell it to skip the file (as my only option to advance) I keep getting the same message but countless other file names.


However, if I just try to enter Windows, it tells me, 'Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: System32hall.dll' It then tells me to 're-install a copy of the above file.'


Help. Please. I feel, well, stupid.

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hold on i am quite tired but i imagine you are sitting clicking refresh until someone helps you out (computers can be horrible sometimes).


trying to remember how windows is installed.



so you put the winXP disk in and choose to boot from CD.


then you get the choice(or am i missing something) to install windows or repair it whatever.


first thing i would do is delete all the partitions including the one with windows on it.


then create your partitions how ever many you want. always format the one for windows to go on.

(NEVER with the quick option as this does not check for errors)

now install windows on the freshly formatted partition.


you should get a clean install now without any hassle me thinks.



this description is for non raid i am not sure if you are using raid or not.


good luck ;)

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To address your last question, I'm embarassed to say I have no idea if I'm using RAID. In fact, I don't know what it is. If it's something you have to go out of your way to do, then I'm guessing I'm not.


So far so good. Old partition deleted. New partition created. Windows seems to be installing.

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lol :confused: :eek2: :D you had to get adventuress

Don't keep knocking yuor self your doing ok remember

after successfully piecing together
- was your work ;)

2 steps forward & 1 step back = 1 step forward :cool:


just follow the advise nortius_maximus gave

& have a peek at this NF4 SLI-DR - NF4 Ultra-D Step by Step New Build your past 1/2 way up that mountain dude :eek:


Shout up if u have any issues.

you may prefer to use the latest drivers rather than the ones on your cd:_

Nvidia Download Nforce4 Unified (mobo) drivers v6.70 & Nvidia Gfx Drivers

Realtek RTL8139(A/B/C/D/8130)/810X PCI series

Yukon Marvell Lan


Whichever u choose CD or d/load u may want 2 leave out the Nvidia IDE drivers & Nvidia Network Controller - Both these have been known 2 cause issues. Personnally have had no issues with 1st but have had with 2nd.


Decide which sound drivers u want . Personnally i prefer the nvidi abut pps have their own views.


luck :)

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you are not using RAID, i never have so i won't bother trying explain about it.


it will work fine mate no worries.


yeah download the latest drivers on your online pc, then burn them and take across to the new build pc.


remember these drivers


from dfi site LANPARTY UT nF4-D




LAN (if you are using the LAN port)


graphics here



install in the list order


don't install any drivers you do not need(save you headaches later


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