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Old April 6, 2011, 06:37 AM
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Default Help fix : NTLDR is compressed

Helping out to fix someones computer and they are getting that on startup. It's an older computer running windows xp. Of course they don't have the cd.

So what I did was took the HD out of their computer and brought it home. Is there any way to fix that problem by sticking it in another computer and copy the file/files?

I did find my old XP cd, so would that be best and just take it back to their place and run the fix from the cd on their computer?

Thanks in advance
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Old April 6, 2011, 06:41 AM
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Windows repair is easiest, if you have the same version of XP that is installed on the drive (but you should do the repair in its own system, not a different one). If not, you can google the "expand" command to replace damaged windows files directly from the XP install disc.
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Old April 6, 2011, 09:44 AM
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this is on an XP system? oops I am still waking up and reread your post lol
ok you need to get into windows recovery
here is a site that explains how to repair your problem
Three Ways to Get Into Windows Recovery Console

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Old April 6, 2011, 12:51 PM
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Just to add another opinion. Not nearly as technical as I used to be but 9 out of 10 times when I have the license string for XP that I need to use and I can get the data, I just get the data and blow away the system. (after speaking with the user [brother/friend/wife/other] of course)

A few reasons for this:
First, it works.

Second, more often then not, the fresh O/S makes their system run much better and half the extra effort of recovering ends up saving all the bog they have no idea is running on their system anyway.

Third, almost always when a person comes to me instead of fixing it themselves they actually run Office, a browser and maybe 1-3 more programs regularly. Unless you have a pack of apps/games that ‘you can’t find the CD for’ the work of restoring it to where it needs to be is faster.
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