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Scandisk has restarted 10 times.

By diskaus ·
Hi all, I have had this annoying problem with 2 diferent systems 1 with Windows 98_SE, and 1 with Windows ME, we cant run Scandisk (thourough) or Defrag . I Keep getting "Scandisk has restarted 10 times" Even if we do it after restarting the computer in Safe Mode where there is nothing else running but explorer, has anyone else encountered this problem? How do i fix it ( besides Formating and reloading Windows, i have run System File Checker & Scan Registry Files in Win 98_SE and Scan Registry in win ME ( Win Me Does not have System File Checker)

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by derekdcosta In reply to Scandisk has restarted 10 ...

Try running msconfig (from Run) and then select the startup tab. deselect everything except essential windows apps.On the general tab choose not to load Environment variables.
Re-start and try scandisk again. I have also found that Norton Anti-Virus can cause the problem. If this works try to identify the cause of the problem by selectively activating the startup items 3 or 4 at a time. You may have to boot to safe mode to reactivate some of the System Config Utility settings.

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by derekdcosta In reply to Scandisk has restarted 10 ...

Actually, the whole answer is here...
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;q222469

If this link doesn't work search support.microsoft.com for "q222469"

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by diskaus In reply to Scandisk has restarted 10 ...

Thanks for the info but it was no help as even if I Boot into safe mode it still does the same thing

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by Still_learning In reply to Scandisk has restarted 10 ...

I see this happen frequently if antivirus software is running when you attempt the scan. Try booting into Safe Mode and do the scan. Good luck.

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by Still_learning In reply to Scandisk has restarted 10 ...

Oops sorry, I did not read carefully. When I had this problem, running scan and defrag is safe mode did solve the problem.

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by diskaus In reply to Scandisk has restarted 10 ...

safe mode did not solve the problem and scan disk from dos also did not work, but thanks anyway

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by TheChas In reply to Scandisk has restarted 10 ...

You can boot from a startup floppy, and run scandisk from there.
This will clear up any "gross" errors that may be getting in the way.

In addition to the other suggestions, are the systems running low on virtual memory?
Scandisk and Defrag restart when anything causes a HDD access.
Make sure that screen savers are disabled, and consider disabling virtual memory.

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by diskaus In reply to Scandisk has restarted 10 ...

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by schultzd In reply to Scandisk has restarted 10 ...

I have seen this problem before. In my case I had an HP pinter file that was causing the problem. Removal of the offending file ended the problem right away. Check with HP support about this problem so they can identify the offending program for you.

Hope this helps.

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by diskaus In reply to Scandisk has restarted 10 ...

As said above and it is not the printer or the scanner either , thankyou anyway.

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