This is an error message associated with Windows XP. It will appear in something approaching the following format:

STOP 0x0000000A (0xBFD14AAC, 0x000000FF, 0x00000000, 0x8000F67C)

***Address 8000f67c has base at 80001000 – hal.dll

This is related to an installation problem with Windows, but can usually be resolved without too much difficulty.

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The first thing to try with regard to this error is to attempt to clean the registry of your computer. A good way to do this is to download the Total System Care, which will do an excellent job of cleaning your registry and often sort out the problem in itself.

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This is a driver-related error message which results when a particular device driver uses an incorrect memory address.

One possible way of resolving this issue is to use the Windows Error Reporting tool that is automatically displayed when any error occurs. This will send a message to Microsoft and they will advise you regarding fixes or workarounds. This is possibly the best approach as troubleshooting this issue can be extremely complex.

The first thing to ensure is that your hardware is compatible with the particular version of Windows. This should be possible via a Google search, but if you can’t find the appropriate information contact the manufacturer or Microsoft.

If your hardware is compatible, then you could attempt uninstalling and reinstalling any recently installed hardware, or failing that all external hardware.

If this does no good then you would be advised to download all of the latest driver updates for all external devices.

If you’re still experiencing difficulties then check with the manufacturer for known issues.

If you’re still having no luck then next you should possibly try uninstalling and reinstalling any recently added third-party software.

Next try installing any recent Windows Updates.

If you’re still having problems then start your computer by using the Last Known Good Configuration. To do this follow these steps:

When you see the ‘Please select the operating system to start’ message, press the F8 key.

When the ‘Windows Advanced Option’s menu appears, select ‘Last Known Good Configuration’ and then press the ‘Enter’ key.

Finally, if all the above troubleshooting is unsuccessful, you can also attempt a system restore. This will reset your machine to a time before the error caused your machine to malfunction. You can then re-install any devices or programmes that have been removed by this virtual step back in time. System restore can be accessed through the Start menu, by simply typing “System Restore” into the search box.

If the system restore utility will not run correctly then you can attempt to activate safe mode. To activate Safe Mode, hold F8 when your computer is initially booting up. Once you’ve reached the desktop in Safe Mode, type ‘System’ into the Start search box and press Enter once ‘System Restore’ is highlighted. You should then be able to run the system restore utility.

If you’re still encountering problems you either have a corrupt Windows CD or hardware difficulties.