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Honor Student
Posts: 2
Member Since: ‎09-21-2011
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BOOTMGR is compressed - no CD drive - Roxio BackOnTrack link is broken - now what?

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My friend here was using a HP Mini 110-1016LA with Windows XP and decided to compress the C: drive to save space.  This compressed an essential file and when she turned it back on got this error message:

BOOTMGR is compressed
Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete to restart

I did online research to try to figure out how to solve this problem.  I found lots of information (in Spanish) here:

Basically you're supposed to insert the Windows installation discs to recover the compressed BOOTMGR file, but since the computer does not have any CD drive and didn't come with discs anyway, it has to be done from a USB.

Here is what I came up with:

In that link HP provides a solution, but it is dependent on being able to download a program from Roxio.  They provide a link, but that link doesn't work.  I searched some and found another link, but it didn't work either.

The first blog provided a solution that works if you have Vista or Windows 7:

But this is XP so no luck.

Microsoft provides a download for floppy (!) but I suspect it wouldn't be useful:

And... this link looks promising, but the browser freezes when I try to play the video, so I'm a bit nervous about just downloading from the link provided and running it on my computer.

Can you help me here?  I'm computer-literate but not an expert.  Maybe you didn't need me to provide all the links but I figured it couldn't hurt to let you know what I've already tried.

Thank you ever so much.

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PhD Student
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Member Since: ‎02-08-2009
Message 2 of 3 (8,038 Views)

Re: BOOTMGR is compressed - no CD drive - Roxio BackOnTrack link is broken - now what?

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I just checked the link and it does work.

It brings you to a registration page. You will need to register and then you can access the download

There is no cost.


The download is large, 146mb




I am an HP employee

Honor Student
Posts: 2
Member Since: ‎09-21-2011
Message 3 of 3 (8,026 Views)

Re: BOOTMGR is compressed - no CD drive - Roxio BackOnTrack link is broken - now what?

No such luck for me.  I tried twice and got this message:


"The maximum allowable downloads for this update has been reached. This is a temporary restriction. Please check back in a few days."


So I tried using Internet Explorer instead of Firefox just in case, and got the same message. 


Does this download work anywhere in the world?  Iꞌm in Mexico.

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