MS-DOS CHKDSK Program Not Designed to Work with Windows

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SUMMARY

Microsoft recommends that you do not use the MS-DOS CHKDSK utility from Microsoft Windows.

If you choose to run CHKDSK from Microsoft Windows, do not use the /F parameter. CHKDSK was not designed to run with Windows, and the /F parameter closes any files your Windows applications are using (such as temporary files).

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In MS-DOS version 5.0 and later, attempting to use CHKDSK with the /F parameter results in the message:
CHKDSK /F cannot be done in a Windows/DosShell command prompt
To check the amount of memory or disk space available when you are in Windows, choose the About MS-DOS Executive command from the File menu in the MS-DOS Executive window.

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Article ID: 32443 - Last Review: February 28, 2014 - Revision: 4.0
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows 3.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft MS-DOS 4.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft MS-DOS 5.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft MS-DOS 6.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft MS-DOS 6.2 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft MS-DOS 6.21 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft MS-DOS 6.22 Standard Edition
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