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Boot Manager Compressed, Can't Boot Into Xp


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#1 Alienfog

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Posted 09 January 2008 - 12:00 PM

I have Win XP and Vista dual booting on my machine. I have Win XP on my C: drive and Vista on my D: drive. This past weekend I compressed my C: drive (XP) so that I had some extra space on there. Yesterday I installed the latest updates from Microsoft and rebooted the computer.
That is when I got the message,
"Boot manager compressed, press ctrl, alt, del, to restart".
Obviously I did just that and was greeted with the same message.

How do I get out of this mess? Can I uncompress my C: drive from the recovery console? I don't have a Vista disk or any Vista recovery disk (don't ask why :thumbsup: )

I have to get this resolved ASAP as my daughter uses it for her home schooling. Your help is much appreciated.
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Posted 09 January 2008 - 07:19 PM

Hi Alienfog,
One idea I had was to change the boot drive but windows boot files have to be on the C:\ root. Does it give any more detailed information on the failure? Were you using the original windows boot manager or some 3rd party software?

Anyway just pop in your XP disk and boot windows from that. Then when you get into windows, open the root of the C: partition and go Tools->Folder Options and select Show Hidden Files and Folders and uncheck "Hide protected system operating files". Then select all files in the root of C: except Documents and Settings, Program Files and WINDOWS and in Properties->Advanced uncheck "Compress contents to save disk space". Then re-hide the protected system operating files and hidden files and folders. Reboot :thumbsup: .

Hope that helps! :flowers:

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Posted 09 January 2008 - 09:50 PM

Tomo, thank you for the reply. I got home a little while ago and I did a repair on WinXP. I am uncompressing the drive as I type this. It looks like everything is okay now. Not sure how this will affect the boot manager when I reboot so I'll just cross my fingers.
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