I used OEM HP CD recovery discs to do destructive recovery.
Upon restart, PC keeps entering PC recovery screens.
If I press F8 on restart, I get Windows Advance Option Menu: I can't get into Safe Mode as the options given are 1. Start Windows XP PRO (but I have XP Home edition) > it tells me I have missing/corrupted SYSTEM32\hal.dll or 2. sends me back to HP RECOVERY.
If I try going to Safe Mode with Command Prompt, and try to run an FPATCH batch file per HP recommendations, the PC says it can not find a partition.
How to get Windows XP loaded again and out of this dang recovery loop?
Try booting with a utilty cd to delete partitions/ format hdd. I usually recommend Partition Wizard .Download the (free) bootable cd iso here .Get ImgBurn here to burn the image to cd. Boot with it and delete both partitons,then create one and format it. If all goes well, try booting with Recovery Disks again.
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