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I compressed my hard drive and get a black screen with the sentence,"NTLDR is compressed." I don't have recovery disks, but have a start-up disk that came with the computer. How do I un-compress my drive so that my strat up disk can work?

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Hey you need to boot from a windows disk and select repair this will solve your problem. I'm assuming the start up disk is a OEM of windows if not borrow one from a friend .. follow the steps HERE
Its for windows xp but its the same process for vista and other versions of windows as well!!!

That will solve your problem and next time Dont Compress the WINDOWS folder located on your harddrive ok :)

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When uploading windows 7 I get a message: Can't load windows at this time because of a hardware configuration problem or I get missing NTLDR how do i fix this?


First make sure there are no Disks in any of the drives CD , Floppy and Usb
Computer is booting from a non-bootable source. Computer hard disk drive is not properly setup in BIOS.
Corrupt NTLDR and NTDETECT.COM file.

Misconfiguration with the boot.ini file. Attempting to upgrade from a Windows 95, 98, or ME computer that is using FAT32

New hard disk drive being added. Corrupt boot sector / master boot record. Seriously corrupted version of Windows 2000 or Windows XP. Loose or Faulty IDE/EIDE hard disk drive cable Failing to enable USB keyboard support in the BIOS. Many times this error is caused when the computer is attempting to boot from a non-bootable floppy disk or CDROM First verify that no FLOPPY DISKS or CD is in the computer, unless you are attempting to boot from a diskette Test all power and data leads that attach to your hard drive including IDE,SATA if ita flat 40 pin ribbon type it will be the first to fail. The leads from your MOTHERBOARD TO THE HARD DRIVE make sure they have a secure dust free connections and are not faulty Make sure all leads that are attached to your drives dvd\cd 3 1/2 inch floppy have secure connections Computers need power and data to travel through every working device and continue its cycle and have an end so any faulty leads will end up with a computer error

also When NTLDR is missing from your operating system it means that there is a problem with your boot loader, a bootstrap process that begins when you turn on the computer. A missing NTLDR means that your computer cannot boot to the operating system. This issue is only a problem on computers running Windows XP or previous operating systems as Windows 7 and Vista don't utilize NTLDR. Fixing the missing NTLDR is relatively easy so long as you have your installation disc.
Locate your Windows XP/2000 installation disc and place it in your CD/DVD ROM drive. If you don't have this disk, then you cannot proceed further. Restart your computer. When the computer restarts press any key on your keyboard when you are prompted, "Press any key to enter setup." Most computers are configured to boot to another device other than a hard drive. Since the Windows XP/2000 installation disk is bootable, you should see the prompt. However, if you don't see the prompt you may need to change your boot priority in your BIOS. To do so, enter the system BIOS by following the onscreen instructions upon startup. Then navigate to the Boot Priority menu and modify another device, such as a CD-ROM to boot prior to the hard drive. Then reboot your computer. After you have pressed any key, the Windows XP/2000 setup screen will appear. After loading, press the "R" key to repair the Windows installation. The screen will appear black. The computer requests which installation you would like to log in. Generally speaking, press "1" and "Enter." If you have more than one hard drive or more than one partition, the procedure may be different. You must know which hard drive or partition your Windows operating system is installed in. You are subsequently prompted for a password. If you haven't set up one up, you can just leave the query blank and press "Enter." The phrase "c:\WINDOWS>" and a blinking cursor subsequently appear. Type "copy d:\i386\ntldr c:\windows" (without quotes), where "D" is the letter of your CD/DVD ROM drive (your optical drive may be different, especially if you have more than one). Eject the CD from the drive and type "Exit" (without quotes) to restart your computer. The NTLDR file will be copied from the installation disc to your hard drive.
or If you've started your Windows XP computer and you see an error message to the effect that the "NTLDR" file is missing or corrupted, you've probably also noticed that the computer refuses to boot any further. This is because the NTLDR file is an integral part of the boot process and needs to be restored before the boot process can proceed normally.

Insert your Windows XP disc into your computer. Restart the computer and press any key on your keyboard when the message prompting you to do so appears. Press the "R" key to open the Recovery Console and then press "1" and "Enter" in order to select your operating system. Type in your Administrator password (if needed) and press "Enter." Type "copy d:\i386\ntldr c:\" and press "Enter" and then type "copy d:\i386\ntdetect.com c:\" and press "Enter." Restart your computer and let it boot up normally. Since the NTLDR is freshly restored, the computer boots up properly. b> b>

Mar 02, 2013 | Dell Dimension 3000 PC Desktop

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After system recovery using recovery discs of "PowerSpec" error message "NTLDR is compressed PressCtrl Alt Del to restart" appears .How to fix it


When NTLDR is missing from your operating system it means that there is a problem with your boot loader, a bootstrap process that begins when you turn on the computer. A missing NTLDR means that your computer cannot boot to the operating system. This issue is only a problem on computers running Windows XP or previous operating systems as Windows 7 and Vista don't utilize NTLDR. Loose or Faulty IDE/EIDE hard disk drive cable. Failing to enable USB keyboard support in the BIOS. Many times this error is caused when the computer is attempting to boot from a non-bootable floppy disk or CD ROM First verify that no Floppy Diskette or CD is in the computer, unless you are attempting to boot from a diskette. Fixing the missing NTLDR is relatively easy so long as you have your installation disc.
Locate your Windows XP/2000 installation disc and place it in your CD/DVD ROM drive. If you don't have this disk, then you cannot proceed further. Restart your computer. When the computer restarts press any key on your keyboard when you are prompted, "Press any key to enter setup." Most computers are configured to boot to another device other than a hard drive. Since the Windows XP/2000 installation disk is bootable, you should see the prompt. However, if you don't see the prompt you may need to change your boot priority in your BIOS. To do so, enter the system BIOS by following the onscreen instructions upon startup. Then navigate to the Boot Priority menu and modify another device, such as a CD-ROM to boot prior to the hard drive. Then reboot your computer. After you have pressed any key, the Windows XP/2000 setup screen will appear. After loading, press the "R" key to repair the Windows installation. The screen will appear black. The computer requests which installation you would like to log in. Generally speaking, press "1" and "Enter." If you have more than one hard drive or more than one partition, the procedure may be different. You must know which hard drive or partition your Windows operating system is installed in. You are subsequently prompted for a password. If you haven't set up one up, you can just leave the query blank and press "Enter." The phrase "c:\WINDOWS>" and a blinking cursor subsequently appear. Type "copy d:\i386\ntldr c:\windows" (without quotes), where "D" is the letter of your CD/DVD ROM drive (your optical drive may be different, especially if you have more than one). Eject the CD from the drive and type "Exit" (without quotes) to restart your computer. The NTLDR file will be copied from the installation disc to your hard drive.

or If you've started your Windows XP computer and you see an error message to the effect that the "NTLDR" file is missing or corrupted, you've probably also noticed that the computer refuses to boot any further. This is because the NTLDR file is an integral part of the boot process and needs to be restored before the boot process can proceed normally.

Insert your Windows XP disc into your computer. Restart the computer and press any key on your keyboard when the message prompting you to do so appears. Press the "R" key to open the Recovery Console and then press "1" and "Enter" in order to select your operating system. Type in your Administrator password (if needed) and press "Enter." Type "copy d:\i386\ntldr c:\" and press "Enter" and then type "copy d:\i386\ntdetect.com c:\" and press "Enter." Restart your computer and let it boot up normally. Since the NTLDR is freshly restored, the computer boots up properly. Hope this helps.

Jan 16, 2013 | Computers & Internet

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Error message "NTLDR is compressed" how to fix it


When NTLDR is missing from your operating system it means that there is a problem with your boot loader, a bootstrap process that begins when you turn on the computer. A missing NTLDR means that your computer cannot boot to the operating system. This issue is only a problem on computers running Windows XP or previous operating systems as Windows 7 and Vista don't utilize NTLDR. Loose or Faulty IDE/EIDE hard disk drive cable. Failing to enable USB keyboard support in the BIOS. Many times this error is caused when the computer is attempting to boot from a non-bootable floppy disk or CD ROM First verify that no Floppy Diskette or CD is in the computer, unless you are attempting to boot from a diskette. Fixing the missing NTLDR is relatively easy so long as you have your installation disc.
Locate your Windows XP/2000 installation disc and place it in your CD/DVD ROM drive. If you don't have this disk, then you cannot proceed further. Restart your computer. When the computer restarts press any key on your keyboard when you are prompted, "Press any key to enter setup." Most computers are configured to boot to another device other than a hard drive. Since the Windows XP/2000 installation disk is bootable, you should see the prompt. However, if you don't see the prompt you may need to change your boot priority in your BIOS. To do so, enter the system BIOS by following the onscreen instructions upon startup. Then navigate to the Boot Priority menu and modify another device, such as a CD-ROM to boot prior to the hard drive. Then reboot your computer. After you have pressed any key, the Windows XP/2000 setup screen will appear. After loading, press the "R" key to repair the Windows installation. The screen will appear black. The computer requests which installation you would like to log in. Generally speaking, press "1" and "Enter." If you have more than one hard drive or more than one partition, the procedure may be different. You must know which hard drive or partition your Windows operating system is installed in. You are subsequently prompted for a password. If you haven't set up one up, you can just leave the query blank and press "Enter." The phrase "c:\WINDOWS>" and a blinking cursor subsequently appear. Type "copy d:\i386\ntldr c:\windows" (without quotes), where "D" is the letter of your CD/DVD ROM drive (your optical drive may be different, especially if you have more than one). Eject the CD from the drive and type "Exit" (without quotes) to restart your computer. The NTLDR file will be copied from the installation disc to your hard drive.

or If you've started your Windows XP computer and you see an error message to the effect that the "NTLDR" file is missing or corrupted, you've probably also noticed that the computer refuses to boot any further. This is because the NTLDR file is an integral part of the boot process and needs to be restored before the boot process can proceed normally.

Insert your Windows XP disc into your computer. Restart the computer and press any key on your keyboard when the message prompting you to do so appears. Press the "R" key to open the Recovery Console and then press "1" and "Enter" in order to select your operating system. Type in your Administrator password (if needed) and press "Enter." Type "copy d:\i386\ntldr c:\" and press "Enter" and then type "copy d:\i386\ntdetect.com c:\" and press "Enter." Restart your computer and let it boot up normally. Since the NTLDR is freshly restored, the computer boots up properly. Hope this helps.

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How do fix Hp compaq d530 ''NTDLR missing''



First make sure there are no disks in any of the drives cd floppy and usb Computer is booting from a non-bootable source.


Computer hard disk drive is not properly setup in BIOS.
Corrupt NTLDR and NTDETECT.COM file.


Misconfiguration with the boot.ini file. Attempting to upgrade from a Windows 95, 98, or ME computer that is using FAT32


New hard disk drive being added. Corrupt boot sector / master boot record.

Seriously corrupted version of Windows 2000 or Windows XP.


Loose or Faulty IDE/EIDE hard disk drive cable

Failing to enable USB keyboard support in the BIOS.


Many times this error is caused when the computer is attempting to boot from a non-bootable floppy disk or CDROM First verify that no FLOPPY DISKS or CD is in the computer, unless you are attempting to boot from a diskette


Test all power and data leads that attach to your hard drive including IDE,SATA

if ita flat 40 pin ribbon type it will be the first to fail.


The leads from your MOTHERBOARD TO THE HARD DRIVE make sure they have a

secure dust free connections and are not faulty


Make sure all leads that are attached to your drives dvd\cd 3 1/2 inch floppy have secure connections


Computers need power and data to travel through every working device and continue its cycle and have an end so any faulty leads will end up with a computer error


also


When NTLDR is missing from your operating system it means that there is a problem with your boot loader, a bootstrap process that begins when you turn on the computer.


A missing NTLDR means that your computer cannot boot to the operating system.

This issue is only a problem on computers running Windows XP or previous operating systems as Windows 7 and Vista don't utilize NTLDR.


Fixing the missing NTLDR is relatively easy so long as you have your installation disc.


Locate your Windows XP/2000 installation disc and place it in your CD/DVD ROM drive. If you don't have this disk, then you cannot proceed further.


Restart your computer.

When the computer restarts press any key on your keyboard when you are prompted, "Press any key to enter setup."


Most computers are configured to boot to another device other than a hard drive.

Since the Windows XP/2000 installation disk is bootable, you should see the prompt.


However, if you don't see the prompt you may need to change your boot priority in your BIOS. To do so, enter the system BIOS by following the onscreen instructions upon startup.


Then navigate to the Boot Priority menu and modify another device, such as a CD-ROM to boot prior to the hard drive.

Then reboot your computer.


After you have pressed any key, the Windows XP/2000 setup screen will appear.

After loading, press the "R" key to repair the Windows installation.


The screen will appear black.

The computer requests which installation you would like to log in. Generally speaking, press "1" and "Enter."


If you have more than one hard drive or more than one partition, the procedure may be different.

You must know which hard drive or partition your Windows operating system is installed in.


You are subsequently prompted for a password.

If you haven't set up one up, you can just leave the query blank and press "Enter."


The phrase "c:\WINDOWS>" and a blinking cursor subsequently appear.


Type "copy d:\i386\ntldr c:\windows" (without quotes), where "D" is the letter of your CD/DVD ROM drive (your optical drive may be different, especially if you have more than one).


Eject the CD from the drive and type "Exit" (without quotes) to restart your computer.

The NTLDR file will be copied from the installation disc to your hard drive.



or




If you've started your Windows XP computer and you see an error message to the effect that the "NTLDR" file is missing or corrupted, you've probably also noticed that the computer refuses to boot any further.


This is because the NTLDR file is an integral part of the boot process and needs to be restored before the boot process can proceed normally.

Insert your Windows XP disc into your computer.

Restart the computer and press any key on your keyboard when the message prompting you to do so appears.


Press the "R" key to open the Recovery Console and then press "1" and "Enter" in order to select your operating system.

Type in your Administrator password (if needed) and press "Enter."


Type "copy d:\i386\ntldr c:\" and press "Enter" and then type "copy d:\i386\ntdetect.com c:\" and press "Enter."


Restart your computer and let it boot up normally.

Since the NTLDR is freshly restored, the computer boots up properly.


Hope this helps.

Dec 03, 2012 | Computers & Internet

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I have a Packard Bell Imedia desktop not sure of the model. It was working fine until recently, I switched on my pc and after the boot screen "NTLDR is missing Alt Ctrl Del" message appeared....


Remove the hard disk and attach it to an USB hard drive adapter and then connect it into the USB port of a working computer. This computer will detect the hard drive as an external storage device, then you can open the various folders and files to copy your files to this computer or burn your data to a CD/DVD disc or USB flash drive.
Return you hard disk back to your Packard Bell so you can reinstall Windows.

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"NTLDR IS COMPRESSED PRESS CTRL+ALT+DEL TO


Repair PC
press delete at startup
go2 BIOS option
1ST BOOT DEVICE CD/DRIVE
2ND BOOT DEVICE CD/DRIVE
F10 SAVE
RESTART PRESS F12

Feb 22, 2011 | eMachines T6524 PC Desktop

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I am having the same difficulties as you!


http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/fastFaqLiteDocument?lc=en&dlc=en&cc=us&docname=c00220758&product=12455
If you have compressed the hard disk drive using the Compress drive to save disk space option under the Properties menu for your hard disk drive and have performed a non-destructive recovery or a system recovery, the following error message may appear: NTLDR is compressed. Press CRTL-ALT-DEL to restart. This error message is resolved by following these steps:
  1. Insert the HP Recovery Tools CD or Compaq Recovery Tools CD into the CD drive on the computer and restart the computer.Wait for the HP Recovery Tools CD or Compaq Recovery Tools CD window to open.
  2. Select Run Microsoft Recovery Console , click Next , and then follow the onscreen instructions. NOTE: If you are unable to open a recovery console, follow the Alternate steps .
  3. Press R to repair the Windows XP installation using Recovery Console.
  4. Enter the appropriate number for the WINDOWS installation, for example, the WINDOWS installation could be listed as 3: C:\WINDOWS or 3: D:\WINDOWS .
  5. If prompted, enter your Administrator password and press Enter . If there is no password, just press Enter .
  6. At the prompt, if the WINDOWS installation you selected in Step 4 was C:\WINDOWS, type: cd c:\Or, if the WINDOWS installation you selected in Step 4 was D:\WINDOWS, type: cd d:\
  7. At the prompt, type: attrib -c ntldr and then press Enter .
  8. At the prompt, type: exit
  9. Press the Enter key and immediately remove all discs or diskettes from the computer to allow the computer to restart.The error message should be resolved.
Alternate steps NOTE: These alternate steps work for HP and Compaq desktop PCs with Windows XP and a recovery partition. (M0st HP and Compaq PCs with Windows XP have a recovery partition on the hard disk drive.) These steps do not work if you have replaced the hard disk drive, replaced Windows with another operating system, or repartitioned the recovery partition.You can use the following steps if you are unable to open a recovery console:
  1. Turn on the computer. When the initial logo screen appears, press the F10 key repeatedly until a message about starting recovery appears.
  2. At the Recovery screen, click Advanced Options and then press the Alt and D keys at the same time to go to a command prompt.
  3. At the command prompt, enter the following: diskpart
  4. At the command prompt, enter the following: list volume
  5. Remember the drive letter next to line for the main hard drive; HP_PAVILION or PRESARIO.
  6. To close Diskpart, enter the following: exit
  7. At the command prompt, enter the drive letter followed by a colon (:). For example, H:
  8. At the command prompt, enter the following: cd \windows\system32
  9. At the command prompt, type the following: compact ntldr /u <the drive letter>:\ntldr For example if the drive letter was H, you would type: compact ntldr /u h:\ntldr
  10. Type exit and press Enter .
  11. Click Quit .The error message should be resolved.

Sep 06, 2009 | E-Machines eMachines Desktop PC

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Recovery reinstall can't restart - "NTLDR is compressed"


you have a complex problem or a simple one! you may need to provide more details as we go through this (I'll try my best)

basically your system is looking in the wrong place or simply can't access the system partition (where your windows installation files are) and it could be as simple as removing a forgotten floppy disk from the floppy drive or it could be complex as to be a bios issue that may require firmware update.

let's start by checking the obvios:

1.remove any floppy disk if you have any in the floppy drive and test.
2. go into your bios and check the boot order, for now make sure your first boot device is your hard drive (the order can be changed at a later time if needed)

first explain clearly how you got the ntldr is missing error.
how do you say you completed the installation from the recovery disk?
at what point you get the cltr alt del message after you have reinstalled the os, does it really complete the installation?
did you check if your device has the master boot record protected while you were doing the installation... make sure the mbr is writable before you start the installation. (check your bios and set it accordingly).

your recovery disk does have a compressed image of your system as it was when you purchase your computer. and that's normal.. if you did not do a backup of your files or do not have the installation cd's for your applications you pretty much have lost everything at this point but the operating system and the default programs that are part of the image on your recovery disk, and that was expected with the procedure you conducted.

post your findings and the answer and we will follow up with you.

Dec 06, 2008 | E-Machines eMachines Desktop PC

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Ntldr compressed have no xp cd or recovery disks lost somewhere


you cannot repair the NTLDR without an XP disc to repair the system, but it may be the drive, you can connect it to another pc as slave and then run the disk error check tool in my computer.

Sep 03, 2008 | Computers & Internet

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Ntldr is compressed


  1. Use the Windows XP Setup disks to restart the computer, or use the Windows XP CD-ROM to restart the computer.
  2. At the Welcome to Setup screen, press R to repair the Windows XP installation.
  3. Press C to repair the Windows XP installation by using the Recovery Console.
  4. Type the number that corresponds to the Windows installation that you want to repair, and then press ENTER. For example, type 1, and then press ENTER.
  5. Type the Administrator password, and then press ENTER.
  6. Type map, and then press ENTER. Note the drive letter that is assigned to the CD-ROM drive that contains the Windows XP CD-ROM.
  7. Type the following commands, pressing ENTER after you type each one, where drive is the drive letter that you typed in step 4 of "Method 2: Use the Recovery Console," of this article: copy drive:\i386\ntldr c:\

    copy drive:\i386\ntdetect.com c:\If you are prompted to overwrite the file, type y, and then press ENTER.

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