So, first of all hello everyone! I hope I stuck this in the right place.
So, onto my question. I kind of messed up my desktop computer trying to remove Ubuntu 8.10. I had installed 8.10 as a dual boot with Windows XP a few years back and now wanted to remove it mainly because of my mother, who can BARELY even turn a computer on. Plus, I can't connect to the internet anyway with Ubuntu (I need the Netzero dial up application in windows, since all I have right now is dial up).
Here's what I did. I downloaded the program "MBRFIX" so I could directly fix the mbr inside of Windows XP, since I don't have an XP recovery disc. I downloaded MBRFIX because I needed to get rid of GRUB. I fixed the mbr, and Windows XP directly booted.
All was said and good, except Ubuntu still existed. I poked around on the internet and found something that said for me to use the Ubuntu Live CD and go to gpartition. It said to delete the Ubuntu partitions. So, I tried that, but it said something about unmounting something (I honestly don't remember what it said).
So, I continued following instructions. It said if you couldn't delete the partitions, to go to the terminal and type in "sudo swapoff" and then "sudo umount -a". So I did that. A bunch of stuff popped up in the terminal, mainly stuff that said "cannot unmount". I tried to delete the partitions once again, but that still failed.
Finally, I just went back to Windows XP. I went to my computer, manage, and deleted the Ubuntu partitions from there. Finally, Ubuntu was gone! Of course, I wanted my 50GB space back on my XP, but I still had no clue how to go about putting that back.
So, I booted the Ubuntu live CD again, in hopes of trying to partition the disk together again. So once again, I went to gpartition. It STILL wouldn't let me put the disk together again, even though Ubuntu was now gone. Then, I started poking around the options and clicked on "partition table". A warning came up saying it would delete data or something, so I IMMEDIATELY hit CANCEL. At that point, I didn't care anymore. I really wanted that 50GB, but I was just going to live without it. I was going to try Windows one more time, to see if I could find an option to add it back again. If I couldn't, I was done.
So, I shut down the computer (by this point for the 6th time) and booted it back up. What am I greeted to? "Hal.dll is missing or corrupt".
Oh joy. That's exactly what I said at that point. I think one of two things happened:
1. Deleting that Ubuntu partition messed up boot.ini, and thus messing up hal.dll(I think this is what happened)
2. Even though all I did was CLICK on the partition table and canceled it, it still messed it up (I still think option 1 is more logical)
And now I need to know how to fix this problem. I have no Windows XP recovery discs. I thought I did, but it turns out they were simply BLANK discs that were included so you could make backups or whatever.
Is there a way I can restore hal.dll with Ubuntu? If not, what are my options?