|Apparently you need a regular XP CD, or a Recovery disk that came with the computer titled|
"Re-installation CD Windows XP Home Edition", or simliar.
If you don't have that you could borrow one from a friend - it doesn't have to be XP Home as long as it's a bootable XP CD.
I found this on the web, modified it a bit.
"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 when you are prompted."
E.g. You'll see "Press any key to boot from CD" or similar, or
"Press (specific key) to boot from CD" or similar.
Press the key while that's still on the screen - typically you must do that within 5 seconds.
(If you don't see anything like that, see BELOW. )
Files will load from the Windows CD for a few minutes.
"2. When the "Welcome to Setup" screen appears, press R to start the Recovery Console."
3. Setup will then look for existing Windows installations - there will be a number, for a location on the harddriv, for each Windows installtion it finds.
Usually it finds only one.
or in the case of some Gateway systems with XP on them
When prompted type 1, press Enter.
4. When you are prompted for the .....Administrator Password:
- if there are no asterisks - "stars" - **'s - the uppercase of 8 on your keyboard - there is no password - just press Enter.
(usually there's no password)
- if there ARE asterisks, the password is the same one used when you boot your computer into Safe mode and log on as Administrator - the case of characters is important - e.g. whether they are upper or lower case - then type Enter.
"5. Now you should be at the command prompt, and you're 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: "
(press Enter after typing each of these)
attrib -c ntldr
"Your computer should now reboot, and everything "should" work! "
The CD you use must be bootable - if it is, if you try it on another computer, you will see a line prompting you to press a key to boot from the CD, if the boot order settings in the bios Setup settings on the other computer are correct.
The boot order settings in your own bios Setup settings must list a CD drive or similar before (above) any hard drive. It doesn't have to be listed first - if the compuiter has a floppy drive, that should be listed first.
If you have more than one CD or DVD drive, many bioses will only boot a bootable CD from one of them. In that case, try inserting the Windows CD in a different driven, then booting the computer.
If you need to change boot order settings....
You'll see a prompt while booting "Press F2 to enter Setup" or similar - if you see that, press that key while that message is still on the screen, or tap that key right after the mboard beeps once.
If you changed settiings, Save the settings when you exit the bios Setup.