How to Cancel CHKDSK After It Has Been Scheduled

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When you run the command CHKDSK /F /R from the command line, Windows NTasks if you want to schedule CHKDSK to run the next time the system isrestarted. This article describes how, in the event you choose YES, you cansubsequently prevent CHKDSK from running the next time you start theserver.
To stop the execution of CHKDSK /F /R, you must edit the registry usingRegistry Editor.

WARNING: Using Registry Editor incorrectly can cause serious, system-wideproblems that may require you to reinstall Windows NT to correct them.Microsoft cannot guarantee that any problems resulting from the use ofRegistry Editor can be solved. Use this tool at your own risk.

To stop the execution of CHKDSK /F /R, take the following steps:
  1. Run the Registry Editor(Regedt32.exe).
  2. Under the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE subtree, go to the following subkey:
    \SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager
  3. Change the BootExecute entry from:

    autocheck autochk * /r\DosDevice\C:


    autocheck autochk *
If you have scheduled CHKDSK for multiple volumes, there will be anautocheck entry for each volume. Delete the string from the BootExecuteregistry value for each volume you do not want checked.

This procedure will reset the default string, and CHKDSK /F /R will not runon reset.

Article ID: 158675 - Last Review: 12/04/2015 15:42:58 - Revision: 3.1

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