Run Chkdsk in Windows XP

  1. Step 1
    Be aware that it is no longer necessary to run Chkdsk F from the DOS command line. You can still do it this way if you'd like (open the DOS command line and type "chkdsk /f"), but Chkdsk is now integrated into Windows itself.

  2. Step 2
    Run Windows XP normally, allowing it to load fully.

  3. Step 3
    Access the "My
    " menu. You can do this by clicking the Start menu and clicking the "My Computer" menu option. You can also double-click the "My Computer" icon if you've enabled it on your desktop.
  4. Step 4
    Right-click on the drive on which you wish to run the Chkdsk F command.

  5. Step 5
    Click "Properties" in the right-click context menu.

  6. Step 6
    Click on the "Tools" tab in the Properties window.

  7. Step 7
    Click on the "Check Now" button in the "Error-checking" frame of the Tools tab.

  8. Step 8
    Click in the "Automatically fix
    file system
    errors" check box under the "Check disk options" frame in the following window. This is the step which enables the "/f" command in Chkdsk.
  9. Step 9
    Click "Start" to begin the Chkdsk scan. If there are a lot of processes running in the background, or if Chkdsk determines that it should be run when you next restart your computer, it will suggest it. It is always advisable to run the Chkdsk from the restart in this case.

  10. Step 10
    Set your system to safe mode with the "/SAFEBOOT" command from the MSCONFIG program. Click "Start" and "Run." Type "MSCONFIG" and enable the "/SAFEBOOT" option from the BOOT.INI tab if your anti-virus or anti-spyware software is conflicting with the Chkdsk process.


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