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Published on 07.11.08 by Brent Trahan

Run Check Disk from System Recovery Options

This guide shows you how to run the check disk (chkdsk) command from the System Recovery Options included on the Windows Vista DVD.

So your computer won’t boot up and you need to run check disk (chkdsk) on it to try and repair errors on the hard drive. This guide shows you how to run check disk by booting from the Windows Vista DVD and running check disk from the System Recovery Options command prompt.

Run Check Disk from a System Recovery Command Prompt

  1. Place a Windows Vista DVD in the DVD drive and restart or turn on your computer.
  2. When asked if you want to boot from the CD/DVD press any key on your keyboard to say yes. You might have to press F10 or a similar key to boot from a CD/DVD. See your computer manufacturer’s manual for help with that.
  3. Once your computer has booted from the DVD, choose your language options and then click Next.

  4. Click Repair your computer.

  5. Select the operating system you want to run the check disk command on and then click Next.

  6. Click Command Prompt in the System Recovery Options window.

  7. Now you have a command prompt open where you can run check disk from.

See my guide on how to use check disk for information on how to use check disk.

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  1. Kahn says:

    The link for “how to use check disk” is broken. Super annoying if you follow google to this article with the title Run Check Disk … because the instructions aren’t here grrr.

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