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StMatthew

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I did an XP System Recovery on my computer without realizing that I needed the Patch to prevent Boot problems after installing SP1.

Now I can't get my computer to boot up. It keeps going to the black screen and saying NT??? (can't remember) Files Compressed, Crtl+alt+del to restart.

Over and over...

Is there ANYTHING I can do to fix this?

I'm on my old dinosaur of a Compaq right now. Had to dig it out of storage and get it running to get back to you on this.

Thanks in advance.

Mattie
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Hi Mattie,

Here you go: <_<
http://support.micro...b;en-us;Q329450

Microsoft Knowledge Base Article - 329450
Cannot Start Windows XP After Installing Service Pack 1 and Then Performing a System Recovery Operation


HP moved the file referenced in the article above. Here's the patch (SP1RcvryFix.exe):
http://h10025.www1.h...eitem=pv-9155-1
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<_< Okay...I'm back. Took me a long time to return since my other PC died too. Hard Drive. No relation to this problem.

I did everything that site told me to do, I followed it carefully. It seemed to go smoothly, but STILL gives me the same error message.

NTLDR is Compressed
Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to Restart.

OVER AND OVER.

Nothing I do seems to work. All I wanted to do was get rid of all those weird error messages I was getting. *sigh*

Any more suggestions before I just gut the thing?
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Hi StMatthew,

You'll need to boot into the Recovery Console in order to try to fix that error. Since I'm assuming that your HP did not come with a "regular" install CD (as opposed to a Recovery/Restore CD or partition), you'll need to create the set of six setup floppy disks (hopefully there is a floppy drive in your HP). Download the file that is appropriate for the version of XP that is installed:

Home, original version (http://www.microsoft...55-BD5AFEE126D8)

Home, with SP1 (http://www.microsoft...05-719F45C382A4)

Professional, original version (http://www.microsoft...B7-4FED408EA73F)

Professional, with SP1 (http://www.microsoft...C2-631504EF5E26)

Once you have created the six setup disks, boot from disk #1 and insert each successive disk when prompted. When you get to the Welcome to Setup screen, choose R to Repair. This will start the Recovery Console. You'll need to choose which Windows installation you want to log onto and then key in the Administrator password.

Once you have successfully logged in, key in the following command at the command prompt:

fixboot <drive letter>:
hit ENTER

(for example, if the drive letter on which XP is installed is C: drive, you'd be keying in fixboot C: and then hitting ENTER)

To exit the Recovery Console and automatically restart the computer (ensure that you take out the floppy disk!!), key in:
exit
hit ENTER

A description of the Recovery Console, including how to start it, how to use it, and the various commands it supports is here http://support.micro...spx?scid=314058
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