Problems booting an old desktop

Adirondack jack

SoSH Member
Aug 24, 2008
Have a problem with an old desktop and am hoping to at least retrieve some items from its harddrive. It was running with Windows 7 before the issue. When I try to boot the machine now it says BOOTMGR is compressed. Press ctrl+alt+del to restart. When I do so though it just returns to the same black screen.
Can I (functionally illiterate tech-wise) at least get this ancient slow as a molasses machine to boot one last time or should I office space this thing and be done with it? The contents on the hard-drive is worth more to us than having the machine working again fwiw
Thanks for any and all assistance.

Monbo Jumbo

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Dec 5, 2003
the other Duluth
You can remove the hard drive. get a USB hard drive case for it. Then plug it into another machine to access the files on it.