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NTLDR is Compressed - I have tried recovery solution

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July 7, 2013 9:01:53 PM

I'm trying to repair a friend's PC after he reformatted and now it won't start. It says "NTLDR is Compressed. Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to Restart"

I've been looking at solutions for this problem on this forum and all of the solutions include going to recovery mode and getting to a command prompt. When I enter recovery mode there is no option for a command prompt and it doesn't ask for a password. It only has an option for a reformat. I did the reformat, but I still have the Compressed NTLDR problem. How can I get to a command prompt to do the fix?
July 7, 2013 11:59:28 PM

If you are happy to re-install then just create a new partition table using GPartEd or a similar tool.
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July 9, 2013 6:44:42 AM

Tabris DarkPeace said:
If you are happy to re-install then just create a new partition table using GPartEd or a similar tool.



Forgive my ignorance, but how would I go about that? Is that program bootable from a USB flash drive or something? Thanks
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July 10, 2013 10:10:41 AM

In the setup, delete the partition, create a new one, should work then. Keep in mind you formatting the drive wiped out all your data so hopefully you have backups made.
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July 14, 2013 1:12:00 PM

hang-the-9 said:
In the setup, delete the partition, create a new one, should work then. Keep in mind you formatting the drive wiped out all your data so hopefully you have backups made.


Hi, thanks for your reply! There is no options for deleting the partition. There is only the option to do a full system restore (destructive) or full system restore (with backup) or quit. The 1st two choices starts a reformat and re-installation of windows. (after which I get the original error again) Quitting makes it restart (which takes me back to the original error) This is why I can't get anywhere with any of these solutions. If I could get to some options - ANY options - then I could fix this probably on my own... could anyone help soon? I'm supposed to have this done today haha!. Idk if it's going to happen... I appreciate all your help. :) 
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July 14, 2013 1:27:05 PM

Tabris DarkPeace said:
If you are happy to re-install then just create a new partition table using GPartEd or a similar tool.


I found a bootable ISO for GPartEd. Going to try that - thanks
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July 15, 2013 6:24:05 AM

Jed Elkins said:
Tabris DarkPeace said:
If you are happy to re-install then just create a new partition table using GPartEd or a similar tool.


I found a bootable ISO for GPartEd. Going to try that - thanks


If you are using a restore disk from the vendor and not the basic Windows setup disk, you may need to wipe the partition using this utility. If you use a regular Windows setup disk, you'd have an option to delete the partition before installing.
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