Compressed NTLDR bootloader causing issues when starting Windows
After switching on your computer or after restarting Windows XP you receive the error NTLDR is compressed. Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart on a black screen with white writing when trying to boot into Windows.
If you’re looking for the other NTLDR problem, NTLDR is missing error then take a look at this article instead.
- Error appears after performing a System Restore using the Destructive Option
- You receive the following the following error message when starting or rebooting your computer:
NTLDR is compressed. Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart.
The above error is appearing due to a problem with the attributes of the ‘ntldr’ Windows boot loader file. By decompressing this file we can solve the problem.
Decompress by using ‘attrib’ command on NTLDR
The NTLDR file must be altered in order to clear this error and correctly boot.
- Boot into the Recovery Console (Need help with this? See this article: Three Ways To Get Into Recovery Console)
- When the console asks you to choose a Windows install to work with, enter 1 and press Enter
- When prompted, enter your Administrator password
- At the command prompt, enter the following commands, pressing Enter after each:
- Restart your computer and the error should be gone – you can restart by typing Exit and pressing Enter.
cd \attrib -c c:\ntldrexit