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Disabling and Enabling Scandisk and Chkdsk during the boot sequence

Posted on Aug 03, 2016 by Abby Haines to Computer Instruction

Summary:
Disabling and Enabling Scandisk and Chkdsk during the boot sequence in Windows 98/ME/2000/XP.

Introduction: If you've arrived at this page directly from a link from a search engine or external web site, we recommend that you first familiarize yourself with the problems associated with running Scandisk and Chkdsk. The information below will allow the Windows Scandisk and Chkdsk utilities to be disabled.

Note: Implementation of the information below may require modification of the Windows registry. This can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. There is no guarantee that problems resulting from modifications to the registry can be solved. So you need backup the Windows registry first.

The information provided below is to be used at your own risk. We accept no liability whatsoever from it's use. If you have a disk problem or data loss, we recommend that you contact us.

Disabling Scandisk - Windows 98 and 98SE
On the toolbar click Start, click Run, type Msconfig, and then click OK. Click Advanced, and select the Disable Scandisk after bad shutdown option.

Disabling Scandisk - Windows ME
1. Run the Registry Editor (regedt32.exe)
2. Under the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE subtree, go to the following subkey: \System\CurrentControlSet\Control\FileSystem
3. Change the DisableScandiskOnBoot entry to: 01
(note: using the value 00 will re-enable)

Exit your registry, you may need to restart or log out of Windows for the change to take effect.

Disabling Chkdsk - Windows 2000 and XP
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 to: autocheck autochk * .

Exit your registry, you may need to restart or log out of Windows for the change to take effect.