I haven't seen or heard of that message before. So what happened when you
At what stage in the boot-up process did this message appear? I would
expect it to be very early, before Vista even begins to load, because
bootmgr (a hidden, system, read-only file with no extension in its filename,
located in the Root of the System Partition: typically C:\bootmgr) is the
boot loader which starts the process of choosing which OS to load: Vista or
(in a dual-boot system) WinXP or some other OS. In other words, this
message does not come from Vista, because Vista has not even started to load
at that point.
You should be able to boot from the Vista DVD-ROM and use the Repair option.
I should have added that Google produced over 1,200 hits for "bootmgr is
compressed". The few that I looked at offered two options: Either boot
from the DVD and repair, as I suggested, or somehow get to the Command Line
and Expand the bootmgr file and replace the compressed copy.
Here is the second option, pasted from a post by uhaligani in the Tech
Support Guy Forums on April 1, 2007:
Get to the command line. You could do this by booting up on the Vista DVD.
Now type, at the Command line:
expand bootmgr temp
attrib bootmgr -s -r -h
ren temp bootmgr
attrib bootmgr -a +s +r +h
Re: BOOTMGR is compressed. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart - What to
Rather than piggyback onto this old thread, please start a New thread to
tell us your problem. Be sure to include the basic details about your
computer, such as make and model, description of your hard disk(s), and
which specific version of Vista you are running. Also tell us if this is a
problem with installing a new Vista, or if your Vista has been running for a
long time - and what changed from the time it was running and the time it
quit running. Here are some tips that I shamelessly copied from a recent
post from Bob (Thanks, Bob!):
What you are asking?
Read one or more of the below links then post back.
Insert Microsoft Windows Vista Installation Disc.
Press any key when it says "Press any key to boot from CD".
After that you should see "Windows is loading files..."
KEEP pressing F8/F9(can't rmb which, just press both alternately) while
the progress bar loads..... Dun let go until you reach "Advanced boot
information" where you should see Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Networking,
Last Good known configuration etc...., just select Safe Mode with
Networking(or Safe Mode/Safe Mode with Command Prompt) and press Enter.
Wait for the files to load and there should be "Safe Mode" on 4 corners
of your monitor.
Just be patient and wait. A windows would soon pop up and says "Install
Windows". Don't worry, click next. Now at the bottom of this window, you
should see "Repair Windows". Click on it, and there are several options
available here. For this case, which is "Bootmgr is compressed.", CHOOSE
THE LAST OPTION - "Start Command Prompt".
OK type these things (Only works if you have Firefox, can't think of
anything else) below and follow closely:
When Command Prompt is started, type the command below first to ensure
that C Drive or whichever drive which contains all your system files is
X:\System> (The string on the left is what appears on command prompt,
may differ on other computers.)
Now TYPE "C:" or "D:", depending on the hard disc volume you are
SO IT BECOMES:
THE RETURNING COMMAND WOULD BE:
If you get this, very good, continue with the steps below.
wait for Firefox to launch now.
it doesn't matter if no internet is available.
Now on firefox, go to File > Open File
Double click "My Computer", and you should see your hard disc there,
but don't double click on the hard disc. Instead, click once on the hard
disc, RIGHT CLICK, and choose properties. AT THE BOTTOM, UNTICK, I
REPEAT, UNTICK THE BOX SAYING "Compress this drive to save space
etc....". NOW CLICK APPLY, WAIT, AND I MEAN WAIT PATIENTLY OK? AFTER
THAT CLICK ON "OK".
AFTER PRESSING OK, DO A QUICK LOOK AT YOUR DRIVE BY DOUBLE-CLICKING IT
NOW. IF ANY FILES/FOLDERS ARE BLUE IN COLOUR INSTEAD OF BLACK,
RIGHT-CLICK IT, CHOOSE PROPERTIES, CLICK ADVANCED BUTTON (Beside
Read-Only Box and Archive Box), UNTICK, I REPEAT, UNTICK the 3RD BOX
Which says "Compress contents to save disc space".
Click OK, Apply and close the folder/file properties.
Now close the box opened by firefox, close firefox, close command
prompt AND AT THE BOTTOM RIGHT OF THE FIRST WINDOW WHICH POPS UP
MENTIONED EARLIER, PRESS RESTART.
Your computer should be able to start properly now
Did you read the complete 2 year old thread, especially the post by R.C.
telling the other fool to start a new thread with pertinent information
relating to *his* computer and not piggy-backing an old thread? Did you try
any of the fixes R.C. posted? What does "BOOTMGR is compressed. Press
Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart" have to do with Firefox and why are you typing in
"CD\Program Files\Mozilla FireFox"? Do you realize you're posting to a
Usenet newsgroup? Nah... I doubt all of the above.
"Don't pick a fight with an old man.
If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you."
Well, I ran a small program called Hdhacker, which allows you to view your Mbr and see weather its infected or corrupted and got this message
.RNTFS .............?...?.......€.€...P.............\.•.............}'..t........3.Ž...|.h....hf..ˆ...f>..NTFSu..A..U..r..U.u.....u.....ƒ..h...HŠ...‹......ƒ...X.r.;...u..........Z3... +.f........Ž......K.+.w......f#.u-f.TCPAu$...r..h...hp..h..fSfSfU...h..fa....3..(........_.f`..f...f.....fh....fP.Sh..h...BŠ.....‹...fY[ZfYfY..‚..f........Ž.....u...fa..................‹..<.t.............A disk read error occurred...BOOTMGR is missing...BOOTMGR is compressed...Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart...Œ.....U.