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CHKDSK Command Won't Run in Windows 10 Creator? Fix It NOW!

Posted on May 04, 2017 by Tracy King to Partition Manager

Are you trying to check and repair file system errors with chkdsk command but it won’t run in your PC? Fails to run CHKDSK command after Windows 10 Creator update? Don’t worry. Follow quick fixes and solutions to solve CHKDSK command not running error in your PC right now.

Problem: CHKDSK command won't run, how to fix it?

"I upgraded Windows 10 into Creator version the other day. One of my hard drive partitions suddenly stopped working yesterday and I tried to follow the CHKDSK command online to repair the problem.

Guess what? The command won't run on my PC. I tried 3 times, nothing worked. I don't want to pay for any tools to repair the drive. So can you help me fix the CHKDSK not working issue on my PC? Or do you have any free alternative tools that would also work for my case?"

According to most Windows users, it seems that CHKDSK command fails to work issue indeed bothered some Windows 10 and Windows 10 Creator users when they need to run CMD to check and fix file system errors in hard drive. If you are having this issue, relax and just follow below solutions to quickly fix it right now.

Quick Fix: Use CHKDSK alternative freeware to fix problem firstly

If you are urgent to fix disk not working or file system error problem, you can try a CHKDSK alternative freeware to solve the problem firstly. Here we'd like to recommend you try EaseUS Partition Master Free which works equally as CHKDSK command and only 3 steps will do.

Just free download this freeware and follow below steps to check and fix hard disk drive internal error or problems right now:

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 Windows 10 is supported

1. Launch EaseUS Partition Master Free and right-click the partition or USB drive etc by clicking "Check partition".

Fix CHKDSK not running error.

2. Choose the way that you want to use to check partition: Check Partition Properties, Call Windows Chkdsk to fix errors, Surface Test.
Click OK

Check partition with CHKDSK alternative freeware.

3. Let EaseUS Partition Master automatically check and repair file systems errors on selected devices. Click OK to finish the process.

Check disk with CHKDSK alternative freeware by simple clicks.

Method 1. Correct registry data to fix CHKDSK not running error

  1. 1. Press Win + R to open Run dialog and type: regedit.exe and hit Enter to open Registry editor;
  2. 2. Navigate to below location: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session ManagerHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager;
  3. 3. On the right pane, double click on BootExecute string and make sure the value data is set to 'autocheck autochk*'.

Method 2. Disable hybrid boot in Windows 10 to fix CHKDSK not working issue

If you have enabled and used hybrid boot in Windows 10, CHKDSK command may not be able to work and you have to turn it off:

  1. 1. Click Start and type: CMD to open Command Prompt by hitting Enter;
  2. 2. Type: powercfg /h off and hit Enter to disable the hybrid boot feature in Windows 10.
  3. 3. Reboot PC to keep all changes in Windows system and then you shall be able to use CMD with CHKDSK command again.

Method 3. Repair autochk.exe to fix CHKDSK not running issue

1. Open File Explorer, click This PC and access Windows.old folder at C: \Windows.old;
2. Right-click on autochk.exe file > Open the properties to modify the ownership to your account;
3. Copy the autochk.exe file to: C:\Windows\System32 folder and replace it;
4. You can also try to copy the autochk.exe file from an older Windows system version to this not working PC and replace it.
5. Reboot PC to keep all changes.