A friend gave me Windows 7 on a USB disk. I created a new 16GB partition on my hard drive because i wanted to keep XP as a backup, then ran it from the USB. The installation ran fine, but now when I try to start the computer, all I get a message saying
I've know you can fix it by uncompressing it from within a command prompt, but my computer is a Compaq and it didn't come with CDs, just a recovery partition. When the computer powers up, I've tried to get into recovery to get to the command prompt there, but it won't load into recovery, so i don't know what the commands are and i don't have a way to get to a command prompt anyways.
BOOTMGR is compressed Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart