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Just a guess but perhaps the Compaq has some kind of utility or diagnostic partition marked as the active partition. If the P2V assistant sees that and is looking on that partition for the Windows startup files, when it doesn't find them there it doesn't know what else to do.
You might look around with fdisk and see if you can mark the Windows partition as the active partition. Then reimage the drive and try again.
You should be able to do this by manually editing the boot.ini file.
Thanks BrianG and JoeC!
the Compaqs do have a Diagnostic partition, which was obviously not Ghosted for the P2V, but it did affect the image as the boot.ini file was pointing to "...partition(2)" which I changed to "partition(1)" and P2V Assistant worked ok!
I would still like to know why Ghost is imaging the whole partition instead of just the used data portion though...