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  1. Hi Rosco, I downloaded the xp recovery console and created the disc all i need to know is what command do I put in to get back to the home screen?

    • Its basically back to the start-up screen to know that the disc has worked, I press the installation i like, (1) then enter for the admin password. All i need is a command for the disc to start the system recovery, or repair

      • The Recovery Console is essentially just a command prompt where you can issue a restricted set of commands in order to ‘repair’ or ‘recover’ your system.

        There is no command that starts a ‘system recovery’ like you thought.

        What exactly is the problem you are having? in other words, why do you need to recover your system?


        • I had a problem with the NTLDR being compressed and I couldn’t get any further than that. I was hoping the disc I created would solve that problem, and possibly set the system restore to start up a few days before my friend started having problems. I’m ok with doing this on my own laptop because its compaq and visa (so its easier to do system restore) I’m just unsure with XP and advent laptops 🙁

  2. Hi I am having the same issue but the Key word is VUFEI is compressed and it says to press ctrl alt del. But when I do this it comes back to this screen. It does not give the the option to to type in anything. I cannot do a system recovery or get to a prompt for ant thing. Can you help me?

  3. I have a password to get onto my computer it then tells me ntldr missing press any key nothing happens. I have a toshiba satellite A10 laptiop with windows xp pro, about 10 years old, put extra memory in it. Tried installing the toshiba product recovery disks of which there are three, because this is all I could find and nothing came on the screen except the error msg ntldr missing. Tried my friends windows xp pro disc 2002, still nothing. Computer wont respond to anything. Please help Im moving house tomorrow and thats more than enough to be dealing with. I have a cd on my laptop. Many thanks

      • Hi Rosco I waited over one and a half hours and the disk still didnt download. Im working a six day week and its difficult to wait around for that amount of time. Is there another site you could recommend? Someone has kindly agreed to take a look at it for me tomorrow so pls advise asap. In the meanti,e Ill print off your instructions

          • Hi Rosco
            I used another installation disc and lost everything on my computer+ I didn’t realise at the time, the Windows Recovery Discs were in French. It was never resolved.

  4. I created the Bootable USB thumb drive as described in the 4th option, following the directions right up to where it says to reboot. I created the thumb drive on a working computer and then took the thumb drive to my SICK computer that says: NTLDR is compressed, etc. Now I’m trying to use the thumb drive on the sick computer. I don’t see an option that says use my “K” USB port (the inserted thumb drive) for start up. What am I missing? Thanks for any answers.

    • I even burned a start up CD to try, but I still have the same problem that the computer doesn’t SEE either the USB post (with inserted thumb-drive, and start up files) or the inserted CD, with the start up files. I have two different methods (of the four) but the computer doesn’t even TRY to boot, from either of these two options.

      • OK, first up please try creating the bootable CD/DVD with a new piece of software that I’m trying out to replace the Unetbootin software.

        It seems several people are having trouble with it so will you try to download and create your bootable USB flash with Passscape ISO Burner (available here: https://www.easy-share.com/1917464076/pib.zip)

        1. Unpack the zip file.
        2. Launch ISO Burner .exe
        3. On the first screen choose burn ISO to CD/DVD
        4. Select the ISO image file by browsing to it
        5. Insert a blank CD/DVD and select the drive you’d like to burn the ISO to
        6. Click Burn/Create button.

        Also, what ISO file are you using? Is it one of the Windows Recovery Console ISO’s available on this website?

        When the CD/DVD has been created try booting your dead PC with it.

        If this doesn’t work, try the USB Flash option using the above method.

  5. I’m almost there!

    I am FINALLY able to get a blue screen! However, after I press “R” I get the error:

    Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer.

    Make sure any hard disk drives are powered on and properly connected to your computer, and that nay disk-related hardware configuration is correct. This may involve running a manufacturer-supplied diagnostic or setup program.

    Setup cannot continue. To quit Setup, press F3.

    Any suggestions about what to do next??

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