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How To Cancel a Scheduled Chkdsk in Windows 10

Checking your drive for errors by running Check Disk (Chkdsk) every once in a while is recommended as it can fix drive errors which improves your system performance and ensures the smooth running of your operating system. Sometimes you can’t run Chkdsk on an active partition as to run disk check the drive needs to be taken offline, but this is not possible in the case of an active partition that’s why the Chkdsk is scheduled at the next restart or boot in Windows 10. You can also schedule a drive to be checked with Chkdsk at boot or next restart using the command “chkdsk /C”.

How To Cancel a Scheduled Chkdsk in Windows 10

Now sometimes the Disk checking is enabled at boot which means every time your system boots, all of your disk drives would be checked for errors or problems which takes quite a time and you won’t be able to access your PC until the disk check is complete. By default, you can skip this disk check by pressing a key under 8 seconds on the boot, but most of the time it’s not possible as you completely forgot to press any key.

Although Check Disk (Chkdsk) is a handy feature and running disk check at boot is very important, some users prefer to run the command-line version of ChkDsk during which you can easily access your PC. Also, sometimes users find Chkdsk at boot very annoying and time-consuming, so without wasting any time let’s see How To Cancel a Scheduled Chkdsk in Windows 10 with the help of the below-listed tutorial.

How To Cancel a Scheduled Chkdsk in Windows 10

Make sure to create a restore point just in case something goes wrong.

First of all, let’s see how to check if a drive has been scheduled to be checked at the next reboot:

1. Open Command Prompt. The user can perform this step by searching for ‘cmd’ and then press Enter.

Open Command Prompt. The user can perform this step by searching for ‘cmd’ and then press Enter.

2. Type the following command and hit Enter:

chkntfs drive_letter:

Run the command chkntfs drive_letter in order to run CHKDSK | How To Cancel a Scheduled Chkdsk in Windows 10

Note: Replace drive_letter: with the actual drive letter, for example: chkntfs C:

3. If you get the message that the “Drive is not dirty” then it means no Chkdsk is scheduled at the boot. You also need to manually run this command on all drive letters to ensure if a Chkdsk has been scheduled or not.

4. But if you get the message saying “Chkdsk has been scheduled manually to run on next reboot on volume C:” then it means that chkdsk has been scheduled on C: drive on the next boot.

Chkdsk has been scheduled manually to run on next reboot on Volume C:

5.Now, let’s see how to cancel the scheduled Chkdsk with the below-listed methods.

Method 1: Cancel a Scheduled Chkdsk in Windows 10 in Command Prompt

1. Open Command Prompt. The user can perform this step by searching for ‘cmd’ and then press Enter.

2. Now to cancel a scheduled Chkdsk at boot, type the following command into cmd and hit Enter:

chkntfs /x drive_letter:

To cancel a scheduled Chkdsk at boot type chkntfs /x C:

Note: Replace drive_letter: with the actual drive letter, for example, chkntfs /x C:

3. Restart your PC, and you won’t see any disk check. This is How To Cancel a Scheduled Chkdsk in Windows 10 using command prompt.

Method 2: Cancel a Scheduled Disk Check and Restore Default Behavior in Command Prompt

This will restore the machine to the default behaviour and all the disk drives at checked at the boot.

1. Open Command Prompt. The user can perform this step by searching for ‘cmd’ and then press Enter.

2. Type the following command into cmd and hit Enter:

chkntfs /d

Cancel a Scheduled Disk Check and Restore Default Behavior in Command Prompt

3. Reboot your PC to save changes.

Method 3: Cancel a Scheduled Chkdsk in Windows 10 in Registry

This will also restore the machine to the default behaviour and all the disk drives at checked at the boot, same as method 2.

1. Press Windows Key + R then type regedit and hit Enters to open Registry Editor.

Run command regedit | How To Cancel a Scheduled Chkdsk in Windows 10

2. Navigate to the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager

Cancel a Scheduled Chkdsk in Windows 10 in Registry

3. Make sure select Session Manager then in the right window pane double-click on “BootExecute“.

4. In the value data field of “BootExecute” copy & paste the following and click OK:

autocheck autochk *

In the value data field of BootExecute type autocheck autochk | How To Cancel a Scheduled Chkdsk in Windows 10

5. Close Registry and reboot your PC.

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That’s it you have successfully learned How To Cancel a Scheduled Chkdsk in Windows 10 but if you still have any questions regarding this tutorial then feel free to ask them in the comment’s section.

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Aditya Farrad

Aditya is a self-motivated information technology professional and has been a technology writer for the last 7 years. He covers Internet services, mobile, Windows, software, and How-to guides.

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