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.
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.
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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Hi josephamy99 Yes , you can . Launch the install disc and follow instructions . Note : back up all your data and drivers ( very important , the drivers , some hadware could not function if you don't reinstall the drivers on your new system ) . Best regards , fanaudi .
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.
Select Run Microsoft Recovery Console , click Next , and then follow the onscreen instructions.
If you are unable to open a recovery console, follow the Alternate steps .
Press R to repair the Windows XP installation using Recovery Console.
Enter the appropriate number for the WINDOWS installation, for example, the WINDOWS installation could be listed as 3: C:\WINDOWS or 3: D:\WINDOWS .
If prompted, enter your Administrator password and press Enter . If there is no password, just press Enter .
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:
At the prompt, type:
attrib -c ntldr
and then press Enter .
At the prompt, type: exit
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.
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:
Turn on the computer. When the initial logo screen appears, press the F10 key repeatedly until a message about starting recovery appears.
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.
At the command prompt, enter the following: diskpart
At the command prompt, enter the following: list volume
Remember the drive letter next to line for the main hard drive; HP_PAVILION or PRESARIO.
To close Diskpart, enter the following: exit
At the command prompt, enter the drive letter followed by a colon (:). For example, H:
At the command prompt, enter the following: cd \windows\system32
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
An NTLDR is compressed error is pretty easy to fix(much better then NTLDR is missing errors!).
First you need to boot to the recovery console.
To boot to the recovery console follow these steps: 1. Insert the Windows XP CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive, and then restart the computer. Click(or press any key) to select any options that are required to start the computer from the CD-ROM drive if you are prompted. 2. When the "Welcome to Setup" screen appears, press R to start the Recovery Console. 3. When prompted type "1" or if you have a dual-boot or multiple-boot computer, select the installation that you must access from the Recovery Console. 4. When you are prompted, type the Administrator password. If the administrator password is blank, just press ENTER. 5. Now you should be at the command 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
Your computer should now reboot, and everything "should" work.
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Looks like the destructive restore did not complete alltogether. Try running the restore one more time to see if it will finish this time. If not, then try reinstalling Windows from a regular CD (like XP or so)
If you made the recovery disc's when you first purchased the pc, use them.
If it has a recovery partition on the hard drive all you need to do is hit what ever key it says on the screen when booting up (turning on) sometimes its F11,to start the recovery back to its initial purchased state,
then follow any directions it gives,it may ask if you want a destructive recovery,or not ,distructive means the hard drive will be formatted and ever thingthat's on it will be wiped of,
non destructive will only re install the operating system and drivers, and should keep all your programs.
although i am not conversant with your model i would suggest that when you try to boot up ,hit what ever key it suggests to recover your pc ...........possibly F11 then follow the onscreen directions,let me know how you go