Problem with NTLDR is compressed fix

January 21, 2010 at 06:50:56
Specs: Windows XP Svc Pk 2
I've been trying to go through the steps to fix the
whole NTLDR thing after I reinstalled my OS, but I'm
getting stuck somewhere.
1. I start the computer, click F10 to get the Boot
2. I choose to boot from the CD-ROM, which has the
Operating System Disc in it. I click Enter.
3. It asks me to "Select a Boot First device", but
there is only one choice, which I'm assuming is the
name attributed to my CD drive:
Ch0 M. : TSSTcorpCD/DVDW TS-H652D. I click
4. Lots of writing appears on the screen, at the bottom
it says "Verifying DMI Pool Data, then there is a
prompt that says "Boot from CD:" with a blinking
cursor for a few seconds, then it says "Click R to start
Recovery". I do that.
5. I get another choice: Press R to start System
Recovery and something about partitions if they are
available, or Press Q to quit and start the OS from the
hard drive. I press R.
6. A generic Gateway screen comes up for several
seconds, then I'm at the System Restore program
where I have to choose Full Restore (destructive) or
Backup Restore or something. That's where I keep

I know I have to press 1 to choose an installation
somewhere so that I can enter the commands, but it
doesn't seem that I ever get to it. What's the problem?

*That's not my computer in the Product field. I just chose something so that the pull-down menu would disappear and let me type.

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January 21, 2010 at 07:08:47
Is this disk one provided by Gateway? If so it is probably a recovery disk which is asking to restore your computer back to factory state. Can you tell us what the label on the disk says?

Also the NTLDR is usually because you have a floppy in when you are booting. Did you check that first before deciding if you want to reinstall your system?

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January 21, 2010 at 07:23:08
If you are using a full WinXP disk and not a recovery disk you need to go past the first prompts you mention and let things run a bit further.

Look at the first link and then possibly the second.

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January 21, 2010 at 16:03:47
Thank you both for replying! To answer your questions:
The disc says
Windows XP Media Center Version 2005
With Update Rollup 2

It is labeled as the Operating System Disc and it gives instructions: to reinstall, insert the disc, close all programs etc. I thought I had the right one. If it's wrong, would I be able to use a different XP upgrade disc? The current one is all I could find in this computer's documentation.

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January 21, 2010 at 17:06:53
That is a restore disk, not a full version disk.

Why were you attempting to re-install Windows? You may have a hardware failure.

Remove all external hardware other than a monitor, wired keyboard and mouse. No card readers, USB devices, printers, etc. Try again.

When you first boot the computer watch the screens then to see if your hard drive is being configured in the BIOS. Also watch to see what other hardware is identified.

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January 22, 2010 at 09:47:10

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January 22, 2010 at 15:13:30
OK, after being told that the disc I was using was not the right one (thank you! I was beating my brains out), I tried using my XP Home upgrade disc that I used to upgrade a completely different computer from Windows 2000. It SEEMS to have worked so far. I didn't even do the rest of the NTLDR compression fix. Only now I have two versions of XP when I boot my computer: XP Home and XP Media Center, which is what this computer originally had. I've tested use on both versions and they seem to be working ok. Any foreseeable problems with that? I'm fine with this as long as nothing messes up again!

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January 22, 2010 at 15:51:58
The only problem may be if the installation key for the XP home upgrade is already in use. You have 30 days to register and if already in use it will not register.

You may be able to get replacement restore disks from Gateway for that computer.

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