08-01-2012 03:34 PM
Hello, I tried Power eraser with the root kit scan option enabled it instructed me to reboot to safe mode so I did.
The problem my system doesn't load the modem drives in safe mode so the scan was not completed I rebooted
and my system reported hal.dll was missing or corrupt.
I rebooted again pressing F8 and found a new entry in my boot menu "WINDOWS (DEFAULT)" choosing that line always results in the hal error the other two lines are fine I can bootup no problem regular Windows XP and windows recovery console.
I know about MSCONFIG and STARTUP AND RECOVERY the line for this "WINDOWS (DEFAULT)" just is not in BOOT.INI file I've even unhidden system files.
How do I get rid of it and set the default boot order back to the way it was before I tried NPE?
If it matters I also tried Norton security scan but cancelled it because there's no way my dialup provider will let me keep a connection long enough to download a 133 meg dat file.
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08-01-2012 09:23 PM
Youre Modem won't work in Safe Mode that is the purpose of Safe Mode
Set to 'Show hidden Files and Folders' in Control Panel => Folder Options => View
Then go to this folder
Look for a file named boot.ini.backup or boot.ini.bak in the pss folder
Copy it to C:\ and Rename it to remove the .backup extension leaving just boot.ini
If the backup file doesn't exist, follow the instructions in this Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: