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