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  • Restarting Windows XP Pro SP2

    Hello all, this is my first time posting, and it regards a simple question. When I restart my computer(Windows XP Professional, SP2) how do I get the blue screen (right before I log in) that checks all of my files? I think it has to do with CHSPK(?) (I'm kind of computer illiterate, forgive me). If you can help, please do. Thanks - SF

  • #2
    Re: Restarting Windows XP Pro SP2

    CHKDSK or Check Disk is what I think you are refering to.

    For a one off check go to My Computer, right click on the C: drive. Go to properties, then click tools, then click error checking and click start. It should say something about need exclusive access to the drive and will need a reboot. That should do it!
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    • #3
      Re: Restarting Windows XP Pro SP2

      You can also run it from a command line using chkdsk.

      Personally i use chkdsk c: /f


      Checks a disk and displays a status report.

      CHKDSK [volume[[path]filename]]] [/F] [/V] [/R] [/X] [/I] [/C] [/L[:size]]

      volume Specifies the drive letter (followed by a colon),
      mount point, or volume name.
      filename FAT/FAT32 only: Specifies the files to check for fragmentation.
      /F Fixes errors on the disk.
      /V On FAT/FAT32: Displays the full path and name of every file
      on the disk.
      On NTFS: Displays cleanup messages if any.
      /R Locates bad sectors and recovers readable information
      (implies /F).
      /L:size NTFS only: Changes the log file size to the specified number
      of kilobytes. If size is not specified, displays current
      /X Forces the volume to dismount first if necessary.
      All opened handles to the volume would then be invalid
      (implies /F).
      /I NTFS only: Performs a less vigorous check of index entries.
      /C NTFS only: Skips checking of cycles within the folder

      The /I or /C switch reduces the amount of time required to run Chkdsk by
      skipping certain checks of the volume.


      • #4
        Re: Restarting Windows XP Pro SP2

        Yes, that was exactly what I was thinking of. Thanks for all your help.