The hardware Abstraction Layer file hal.dll is either missing or corrupt. This file is used to interface to hardware such as the keyboard and mouse ports on your system. Most desktops use a common hardware platform supported by a default hal.dll file. Many laptop manufacturers will replace this file with their own custom hal.dll file. Without this file, Windows cannot be run, even in Safe mode.
Aside from the file actually missing or corrupt, it can also be caused by hard drive problems, a damaged boot record or a damaged ntoskrnl.exe file.
Vendor: Microsoft Corporation
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