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Hal.dll

Hardware Abstraction Layer DLL

 
     
  Description  
     
 
file   Hardware Abstraction Layer Dynamic Linked Library is used to access devices without knowledge of the protocols used by the underlying hardware. While most hardware drivers are contained in other files, drivers required by the kernel during startup are complied into Hall.dll.

Computer manufacturers may create their own Hal.dll to handle unique hardware requirements. They will replace the standard Hall.dll with there own version. This is often occurs with laptops, but less so with desktops.

This is a critical Windows file. Windows cannot be started (even in Safe mode) if this file is missing or damaged.

Hal.dll is a 32/64-bit Dynamic Linked Library of code components that requires no direct user interface.
 
     
   
  Common Facts From Tracked Files  
     
 
key facts  
File description
  Hardware Abstraction Layer DLL
 
File Version
  5.1.2600.0  to  6.3.9600.16408
 
Application
  Microsoft Windows Operating System
 
App version
  5.1.2600.0  to  6.3.9600.16408
 
Type
  32, 64 bits
 
Vendor
  Microsoft Corporation
 
Copyright
  (c) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
 
   
  Variants and Default Locations  
     
 
varients  
  C:\Windows\System32

This directory holds the core operating system files and libraries.

 
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  XP RTM; 32
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  XP SP1; 32
Core without updates
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  XP SP2; 32
Core without updates
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xp
  XP SP3; 32
Core without updates
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xp
  Vista RTM; 32
Core without updates
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xp
  Vista SP1; 32
Core without updates
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xp
  Vista SP2; 32
Core without updates
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xp
  Vista SP2; 64
Core without updates
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xp
  7 RTM; 32
Core without updates
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xp
  7 RTM; 64
Core without updates
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xp
  8 RTM; 64
Core without updates
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xp
  8.1 RTM; 64
Core without updates
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  C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository\hal.inf_6e4a7ef2

The DriverStore is a repository for driver packages managed by the Windows Driver Install Frameworks (DIFx). They use the driver store to store and retrieve driver packages. Drivers are not directly run from this directory.

 
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  C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository\hal.inf_8bcee68b

 
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  Vista SP2; 64
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  C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository\hal.inf_bafb150f

 
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  Vista SP2; 64
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  C:\Windows\ServicePackFiles\i386

This directory is used to hold new files for service packs. It is used by the file protection system to restore key files should they be damaged.

 
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  XP SP1; 32
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  C:\Windows\WinSxS\...

The WinSxS directory holds Windows Side-by-Side DLLs. WinSxS allows multiple versions of the same DLL (code libraries) to exist on the same system. This ensures that every application will get the DLL version they were tested and designed for. The result is improved application and system stability. See details for full directory location.

 
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  Vista SP2; 64
Core without updates
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xp
  Vista SP2; 64
Core without updates
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xp
  7 RTM; 64
Core without updates
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xp
  8 RTM; 64
Core without updates
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xp
  8.1 RTM; 64
Core without updates
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xp
  7 RTM; 32
Core without updates
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  Security  
     
 
security  

There are no known security risks in using Hal.dll assuming it has not been modified or replaced by virus or malware and it resides in the default directory. This file is installed as part of the Windows operating system.

 
     
  Requires  
     
 
required   The following files are required when running this program. These may call other files, and there can be additional required files not in this list.

           
  import Kdcom.dll*   import Pshed.dll*
  import Ntoskrnl.exe  
 
* indicates a file that is not required in all versions. Click on filename for details.
 
   
  Additional Analysis  
     
 
notes  
  • Hal.dll is a PE style file.
  • Our analysis shows that over 578 different files internally use Hal.dll.
 
   
  Vendor Summary  
     
 
Vendor
  Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Corporation Logo
Phone
1-425-882-8080
1-800-642-7676

Web
Global
USA

Assistance
Support

 
   
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