Customer cannot boot his pc (ntldr is missing).
I try a hp xp “recovery” from the crappy recovery partition… but afterwards, I still get the same error… I don’t want to do a full wipe.
So I jump into ubcd4win, copy ntldr from the hp recovery partition, then restart.
But then I get the message “ntldr is compressed”.
Ok, back to the office. I do some research, and I find I can use a43 file manager from ubcd4win, in order to uncompress a few files (like ntldr) from the root c: drive.
After that, xp finally starts successfully. Hmmm, looks like I didn’t really need to take the system away with me after all 🙁