'Disk check has been cancelled' automatically

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
Dell Inspiron N5010

When I schedule a disk check for my my C: partition (where the OS is installed) and restart my laptop, I get the message:

'A disk check has been scheduled.
To skip disk checking, press any key within 10 seconds'

Which immediately (without any user interaction whatsoever) turn into:

'A disk check has been scheduled.
Disk checking has been cancelled'

I have tried both restarting, and shutting down and powering back up my laptop.
I have tried scheduling it through the Right Click --> Properties menu on the C: drive icon, as well as through cmd.
I have tried checking only 'Automatically fix file system errors', as well as both that and 'Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors'

Same result.

My other (D:) partition can be disk checked just fine (which I have done and no errors turned up)

Would appreciate any help. Ask away if further details are required.

Thanks.

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Hi,

Let's try the following:

Start > Search > cmd (right click run as admin)

Type the following and press enter:


fsutil dirty query c:


This tells you if the disk is dirty or not. If it is dirty, type the following:


chkntfs /x c:


hit enter


chkdsk c: /r


hit enter


Then 'Y' when it asks to reboot.


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Patrick

Debugger/Reverse Engineer.

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Did it. The disk is not dirty (neither is the other partition, if it matters).

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It's possible that your autochk.exe (program in charge of chkdsk) is corrupt.

1.

SFC /SCANNOW:

What does running SFC /SCANNOW do?
The sfc /scannow command (System File Checker) scans the integrity of all protected Windows 7 system files and replaces incorrect corrupted, changed/modified, or damaged versions with the correct versions if possible.

To run the SFC /SCANNOW command in Windows 7:

- Open an elevated command promt (run cmd as administrator).

- In elevated command prompt, type "sfc /scannow" without the quotes, and press enter. Do note this can take some time to finish.

To see and read only the "SFC" scan results from the CBS.log:

- Open an elevated command promt (run cmd as administrator).

- Copy and paste the following and then press enter:

findstr /c:"[SR]" %windir%\Logs\CBS\CBS.log >C:\sfcdetails.txt

This will create a file called sfcdetails.txt at the root of your system (C:\) containing only the SFC scan results from the CBS.log.

2.

If scannow cannot repair autochk.exe successfully, you may need to manually extract and replace it with your Windows 7 installation media:

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/42776-extract-files-windows-7-installation-dvd.html

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Done. Saved the log file. Looked through it. The process did repair some files, mostly .dll, some .vbs, one that required a restart (which I did). No autochk.exe though.

Tried to run the disk check again, but same result.

I guess I'll attempt your second suggestion to manually replace it then.


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Let me know how it goes.

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And that didn't work either -.- 
Extracted the autochk.exe from the disk, played around with permissions to replace the original in the system32 folder, but still the same result.


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Hi

Sometimes, you may have to run the tool multiple times to fix such issues as in this case (refer the link):

Refer to the suggestion by David. F on October 13, 2010:

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-performance/disk-checking-cancelled-automatically/221eb82c-e70e-4de3-b117-f05eb53d2499


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You mean the System File Checker? I have done it a couple more times, and not a single file was repaired this time round.

If you are referring to checking whether the disk is 'dirty' or not, I have also done that a couple more times, both on the main C: partition and my other D: partition. Both are not dirty.

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Hi Alastair,

This might happen due to virus or malware infection on the drive as well. Check if Microsoft Safety scanner helps you to fix the issue. Follow these methods:

Method 1:
Follow the steps accordingly:
Step 1:
Boot the computer in safe mode:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-in/windows/start-computer-safe-mode#start-computer-safe-mode=windows-7


Step 2:
Refer to the link to run the Microsoft Safety scanner to scan the computer:
This Scanner expires 10 days after being downloaded. To rerun a scan with the latest anti-malware definitions, download and run the Microsoft Safety Scanner again.

 http://www.microsoft.com/security/scanner/en-us/default.aspx        

Note: Any data files that are infected may only be cleaned by deleting the file entirely, which means there is a potential for data loss.

 

Method 2:

I would suggest you to restore the computer to a point prior to this issue.

Refer to the link:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-IN/windows7/products/features/system-restore


Please get back to us with the results.




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Ran a Full Scan with the Microsoft Security Scanner in Safe Mode. Nothing came up except a single false positive which I know about.

I had also ran a Whole Computer Scan with AVG Internet Security 2013 recently when the issue came up. Again, nothing.

As for the System Restore, I prefer simply doing a full format if it comes down to it, so I'm not doing that now. I'm more curious as to why this is happening at this point, rather than wanting to run the actual disk check itself.

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