How To Run Chkdsk Utility on Vista

If you are using Windows Vista, you should know that you have a utility in your computer that lets you look for errors in your disk, and automatically finds ways to fix them. This utility is called Chkdsk. Chkdsk is like a troubleshooter. If you are experiencing problems or bugs in your computer, then all you have to do is run Chkdsk and the computer will do the work for you. If you are encountering some issues in your computer, your first move should always be to run Chkdsk. Below are the steps on how to run this important Windows Vista utility.

  • Turn on your computer. Before anything else, you must make sure that your computer is switched on, together with your monitor. Check to see if everything is plugged to the proper outlets and make sure that all necessary connections are working fine.
  • Be an administrator. Your computer may have several user profiles in them. To run Chkdsk, you must be an administrator. Regular user profiles cannot access the Chkdsk utility so log-on as an administrator to your computer. You may need to type in a password to access administrator accounts, so make sure that you have this password as well.
  • Start with the “start” button. The following steps will be for Windows Vista users. Once you have switched on your computer, look for the “Start” button, usually at the bottom of your screen. Click on this and a pop-up menu will appear. Choose the option labeled “All Program” and click on this. Once another window has opened, click on “Accessories” then choose the option marked “Run.” You will see a window with a text box.
  • Type the command on the text box. A command is a code that allows the computer to understand what you want it to do. To be able to run the Chkdsk utility, you must know what command to type into the text box. Type in “cmd” and press “OK.” You will be taken to a window with a black background. This is called the DOS window, and you will type in more commands here for your computer to understand what you want it to do.
  • Type in several codes on the DOS window. Use the code “chkdsk c:\” for the utility to begin. If you want to check other drives besides the c:\ drive, then type in the letter of the drive you wish to have scanned instead. You may also type in “\f” or “\r” to command the computer to fix the errors it has found or to remove the bad sectors discovered by the Chkdsk utility.

Remember that running the Chkdsk function will take time, since the computer will have to run through the entire hard drive, checking every file it sees. If you plan to run the chkdsk utility, make sure that you do not have anything you need to do on the computer since it might slow down the performance of your computer as it runs through all the files. If you wish to type in more commands, you may find them at the Microsoft website.


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