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Fatal Error Solutions

View information and solutions for fatal Windows issues that occur before Windows begins running. This class of issues range from BIOS problems through loading Windows, but before login.

startup process

If you get a Blue Screen of Death type message, see our Fatal BSoD Solutions.

  Startup Fatal Issues  
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  Fatal BIOS Issues  
 CMOS Checksum Bad 
 Reboot and Select proper Boot device 
  Fatal MBR Issues  
 Error loading operating system 
 Invalid partition table 
 Missing operating system 
 No active OS partition! 
 Non-System disk or disk error 
  Fatal Boot Issues  
 A disk read error occurred 
 BOOTMGR is compressed 
 BOOTMGR is missing 
 Could not read from the selected boot disk. Check boot path and disk hardware 
 Did not properly generate ARC name for HAL and System path 
 load needed DLLs for HAL. 
 load needed DLLs for kernel 
 missing or corrupt: <Windows root>\system32\ntoskrnl.exe 
 NTLDR is compressed 
 NTLDR is corrupt. 
 NTLDR is missing 
  Fatal Loading Issues  
 <Winnt_root>\System32\Hal.dll missing or corrupt 
 Cannot find \Windows\System32\hal.dll 
 invalid boot.ini file Booting from C:\windows\ 
 missing or corrupt: <Windows root>\system32\hal.dll 
 Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem 
 Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: