Well, my computer died. I’m at work (even though I’m on vacation) just so I can check my email, etc. The poor old machine started spontaneously spawning processes until the CPU was working at 100% capacity. I did what I probably shouldn’t have: shut the thing off. When I tried to turn it on again, it said, “Windows cannot start because the following file is either missing or corrupt: hal.dll. Please reinstall.”
My computer guy says that half the time this happens he can get the files back. The other half… well… Let’s just hope I’m one of the lucky half… Kay?