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NTLDR is compressed

I have an e-machine and did a non-destructive recovery. On restart I got the following:
Press F11 to start recovery
NTLDR is compressed
Press Ctr/Alt/Del to restart
My OS is WinXP Home SP2. I was told I could enter a command prompt to "decompress" the NTLDR file but I can't get to a screen where I can enter anything. I have some very important files on this pc and don't want to do a destructive recovery.
The day I set up the computer (2 years ago) a recovery disk was made according to the instructions that came with the PC. I have this disk and have tried to restart from the disk and from the hard drive but I keep getting the same message.
Any suggestions short of shotgun therapy for the thing would be appreciated.
Lorie

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  • boudica mara Oct 25, 2007

    I've ordered the start up disk from e-machnes since the pc didn't come with one when I bought it.

    This solution will only decompress the ntldr file and not do anything to my saved files?

    I certainly hope so because I really don't want to lose these files.

    Thanks for your help.

  • radel Nov 21, 2007

    My problem is I did both recovery options and yet i still get the same message at start up. I see the E then it says ntldr is compressed hit esc alt delete. Itryed to put the disk in and hit r when the recovery screen appeared i hit 1 but nothing happens it will only allow me to do the 2 options for recovery. Its the only cd my copmuter came with what can i do?

  • Anonymous Jul 11, 2008

    Yes i have the same problem. my thing is i have the recovery disc that came with my pc. At one point in time i did have to use the disc to recover my computer it was with the destructive instructions. Before i did anything i had already made back up discs because i knew there was a possibility that i would end up losing all my data so im ok with that part but now i cant even get to anything because of the compressed message so i'm stuck like chuck i want to know what to do.

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Try this:
Insert the Windows CD (the oryginal one) into the CDrom drive, and restart tyour PC. When the compter bootsagain select an option that are required to start the computer from the CD if you are asked to do so. When the "Welcome to Setup" screen appears, press R to start the Recovery Console. When prompted type "1" or if you have a multiple-boot computer, select the installation that you must access from the Recovery Console. When you are prompted, type the Administrator password. If the administrator password is blank, just press ENTER. Now you should be at the comman prompt and ready to repair the ntldr file. Now all you need to do is enter the following commands (in order) and each command on a new line just like you see them here:
cd \
attrib -c ntldr
exit
The PC should reboot now and everything should work just fine.

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The best way to solve this.. if yo operating system is xp home edition.. insert an windows xp professional cd and install xp professional on c drive.. do not format c drive.. install xp pro in<windows****> **** meaning type anything. eg windowskasafya?..which means you will have two operting systems on your harddrive.. you are good 2 go.. when done reboot.. and choose boot with xp home edition.. backup yo data and then format yo harddrive if needed?.. works 100% for me..

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