chkdsk at start up - why?

By frankerin ·
A hijacking forced me to reinstall windows. But now before the windows xp logo and start up I have to wait for chkdsk to go through three stage test of files, indexes and security descriptions.

I have no idea what is calling chkdsk. I renamed a chkdsk prefetch file to see if it had anything to do with this, but it happened on the next boot.

Does anyone have any insights here. It takes two minutes to go through this before the actual boot time. Frustrating.

Any help will be appreciated

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Check this setting

by Jacky Howe In reply to chkdsk at start up - why?

Open regedt32 and locate HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\ControlSet001\Control\Session Manager\Boot Execute and note the value of the key.

It should be a Multi-String Value and look like this:
BootExecute REG_MULTI_SZ autocheck autochk *

The default value data of BootExecute value should be:

autocheck autochk *

You may have to boot from an XP Boot disk to run this command as it doesn't appear to be in Recovery Console commands.


run the chkntfs /d option to return the system to its normal state or edit the BootExecute value in the registry

Edit: Why

When Check Disk is scheduled to run at startup, Windows is supposed to reset the BootExecute value to its default setting as soon as the Check Disk operation is launched. If Check Disk runs at every startup, it's probably being caused by a configuration error or a registry error that prevents the BootExecute value from being reset to its default setting.

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My very sincere thanks

by frankerin In reply to Check this setting

I am delighted at your immediate and full response. It was very kind of you. Thanks


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1 more thing

by The Scummy One In reply to My very sincere thanks

if Windows detects corruption when booting, it may automatically trigger chkdsk. In this case, your HDD may be going bad. Or it may be due to finding remnants of the previous install, and it is getting confused.
Best bet, if Jacky's fix does not work, is to wipe the drive with a drive scrubber, then format and re-inastall (not a quick format, but a full format). If it continues still, replace the disk or see if the manufacturer has a low level format utility for it.

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No probs

by Jacky Howe In reply to My very sincere thanks

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