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Video: Stop Check Disk from constantly running when Windows Vista starts

Windows Vista's Check Disk utility is a good tool for detecting and potentially fixing file system errors. But sometimes, Check Disk doesn't behave as it should. In this IT Dojo video, Bill Detwiler offers advice on what to do when Vista's Check Disk tool malfunctions.

Windows Vista's Check Disk utility is a good tool for detecting and potentially fixing file system errors. But sometimes, Check Disk doesn't behave as it should. In this IT Dojo video, I offer advice on what to do when Vista's Check Disk tool malfunctions.

For those of you who prefer text to video, you can go to the video player page for this IT Dojo episode and click "See Full Transcript," or you can also read Greg Shultz's original post, "Know what to do when Check Disks malfunctions in Vista", on which this video is based.

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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...

29 comments
technet03
technet03

Thanks this steps were very helpful since it was driving me crazy this error checking tool from vista. Again thanks

emgub
emgub

Thank you for solving a problem that I've been having for ages! You're my hero!

atkearns
atkearns

Do these steps translate to Windows 7? Want to try them but I dont want to mess anything up if the registry or commands are different in 7.

rockisme2
rockisme2

I can't get Vista chksdk to ever run all the way through with the /R function. The program hangs and I have to take the battery out of my Toshiba laptop. It is important that at some point Vista knows how much disk space is available.

arthro
arthro

This is great!Wish I'd found it months ago...

bart001fr
bart001fr

Bill, I've been trying to access Greg Shultz's original post, "Know what to do when Check Disks malfunctions in Vista", on which this video is based via the link you so thoughtfully provided, but alas, I only get a transcript of what you say in a small rolling window. Please fix the link so I can read the original article and also download it and keep it to reread at a later time. Thank you.

wilwon32
wilwon32

As an amateur I find your videos very useful; however, in this attempting to follow the instructions in this video, I found that my HP Pavillion dv9543cl contains the following: BootExecute Value data: autocheck autochk* Isdelete Although I have never encountered the problem which you mention in the introduction to this video, I get the impression that the entry: Isdelete should not exist here. Is this conclusion of mine correct, or is the Isdelete entry supposed to be here? I have other problems with Win Vista Home Premium on my laptop computer which are too numerous to go through here, but would appreciate an answer and look forward to future teaching videos. William Wilson

BALTHOR
BALTHOR

I think defragmenting is even supposed to do an all memory address scan.

MKleinpaste
MKleinpaste

Great, another fricken registry hack to make Windows work. Not that you aren't doing a good job giving workarounds Bill, but that's what they are. What good is an OS if you have to hack it to get it to run correctly?

John.Schupp
John.Schupp

I think this was a great vid - I have never had this problem but I can see how it would be infuriating. Thanks Bill.

junk
junk

I don't have any problem getting it to run, it just never completes. It just hangs up at 90 percent complete for eternity, or until I cold boot and cancel the disk check.

jlodgen
jlodgen

I have run into an issue with Check Disk. I will set it to check for both options. However, after reboot, I don't always have time for it to run through the check. When check disk appears, there is no way for me to cancel it. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

trohland
trohland

I thought it was very informative, thanks :)

reisen55
reisen55

I remember this one: Windows 98 SE (the first good version of Windows) would shut down badly and run scandisk which was easy to stop. Seems like Microsoft is remembering bad habits of good operating systems. Now why would MS even put this feature back into Vista is beyond me. I hate the misbegotten child to start with and this is just one more nail in the coffin which has already been declared DEAD by Ballmer pending releast of Windows 7. If Microsoft goes this path, maybe they can run FDISK at each startup which would ensure a new, clean install of Windows 7 at each start up. Sheesh.

koby@disklace.com
koby@disklace.com

Thanks Bill. I wish I could print and keep this video. But there is another thing that users should be aware of. You are talking about the smart guys who can recover from error, but what about those who are not aware of the problem? The step before checking for errors should be a check for data quality. You should be aware of the problems that can be caused by hyper-fragmentation that eventually lead to other problems. We have a (free) product that maybe a little bit ahead of time. We have answers in an area that most of the users do not even aware of the question. More details are available at www.disklace.com Koby.

pmchefalo
pmchefalo

OK, that's NOT a DOS session when Vista starts, that's the "real" Vista operating system. The GUI we see is just the shell on top of Vista. And, finding the RUN dialog to launch "regedit.exe" is really OLD SCHOOL. Vista has an instant search feature, just above the Vista icon. Start typing r.e.g.e.d.i. in the search space, and then click on regedit instead of typing it. Sheesh.

Jacky Howe
Jacky Howe

it is either associated with Diskeeper or Adaware. If you haven't one of those items installed try MalWareBytes.

koby@disklace.com
koby@disklace.com

Defgragmentation is not even doing what is suppose to do, but you should not blame any software. The principle of fragmentation was never studied deep enough. It is now clear that if you wait too much with the defragmentation, it will do actually nothing, but will work very hard to do so. More information about this phenomenae can be found at www.disklace.com

Bestware
Bestware

I have the same problem, but it locks up sooner. I rebooted my HP computer to diagnostic mode and got a command prompt there. Check Disk runs completely there fine, but then when I try to normally reschedule through Vista, it locks up soon after check disk starts on the reboot.

tbrock
tbrock

Hey Bill et al, some of us amateurs are not so easily offended by semantical imperfections. Nor are we impressed by others who display "amateur attitude". I'll take your "amateur hour" any day over the other.

medley.stephen
medley.stephen

Whomever decided what new annoyances were to be generated was very good at their job in targeting exactly what would piss off the average-to-power user. What sane person would allow the speaker volume task bar icon to vanish? I could go on but anyone tasked with developing the gui should be sent on a long trip away from their office with absolutely zero accountability or advice from their day- to-day peers. Steve Medley

Bob.Kerns
Bob.Kerns

What I *always* see under Vista (on every system under my control) is that you schedule a chkdsk, reboot -- and it doesn't run. It doesn't matter if you do it from the Explorer GUI or from the command-line. The only workaround I've found is to run it from the recovery console's cmd.exe window. Which is a royal pain, of course, on systems that don't normally have a DVD drive! HKLM\SSYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Sessio n Manager\ has BootExecute="autocheck autochk *" as expected. Any ideas?

cazeault
cazeault

Under Vista Premium, I launch CHKDSK /F with administrator privil; itsays of course that the HD is occupied and that it will be check at reboot = OK as usual. Then I reboot and Vista blocks just at the first screen saying that there is a fatal boot corruption. To solve it, I have to put my Vista DVD, reboot, repair (r) fast done and another reboot and there it goes but with no CHKDSK.... How come Henri

philipjpeck
philipjpeck

Hi i work as an IT repair technician and have experienced CHKDSK freezes before. What i would add is check that the disc light on your machine is flashing or "working" as the drive is checking. Also when set with the r option, it is checking for bad sectors and attempting recovery of data. This can be a lengthy period and progress isn't linear, it may be working on a "problem" area or areas if your drive is in bad shape. You should therefore not assume it has frozen, as it should be left for at least an hour or two. If still no progress it may be chkdsk is not sufficient to perform maintenance on your drive, at this point i would recommend an alternative tool.. hope that helps. :)

Bestware
Bestware

The ChkDsk is truly locking up. No hard drive light, no further progress indicated, no status lights toggle on the keyboard, and stays that way for more than 3 hours. Strange thing is that ChkDsk runs fine if running from a command line in diagnostic mode. I depend on this computer, so it makes me uncomfortable about the future.

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