ChkDsk or Check Disk will not run at startup in Windows 10 / 8 / 7

Whenever we need to detect and fix file system or disk corruption, we run the built-in Windows Check Disk tool. The Check Disk utility or ChkDsk.exe checks file system errors, bad sectors, lost clusters, and so on. If the disk is not in use, the tool runs immediately. But if any of the files on that drive are in use – like say the system drive, then we are required to schedule its scan at boot-time.

Check Disk will not run at startup

If in spite of your having scheduled chkdsk to run at startup, in Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7 or Windows Vista, it does not run, it could be because some kernel-mode component may be locking up the drive and preventing chkdsk autochk from running.  It is quite possible that the BootExecute data value in the Registry has been changed or got corrupted. Here are a few troubleshooting steps you can try.

To check it, open regedit and navigate to the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager

ChkDsk will not run

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Ensure that the default value of BootExecute in the right side, has been set at:

autocheck autochk *

If not, right-click on BootExecute and choose Modify.

Change the value to its Default, and click OK.

Now try again and see if Check Disk will run.

There is also a possibility that your autochk.exe file situated in the system32 folder may have got corrupted. Run System File Checker or restore your system to a prior good point and check if it helps. This can help you replace the corrupted autochk.exe file with a good one.

Hope this works for you!

See these posts if your ChkDsk or Check Disk Utility runs at every startup in Windows or if ChkDsk is stuck or hangs.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com and a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows for the period 2006-16. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.