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Detect and Fix Drive Errors with Check Disk

Many computer issues are caused by disk corruption or errors on the hard drive, which can be fixed by running the Check Disk utility. This process usually takes a few hours, but you can leave your computer while it does its magic.

Here's how to get started if you can still get into Windows:

  1. Click Start; then right-click Computer and select Properties.
  2. Select the Tools tab and click Check Now.
  3. Select both options and click Start.
  4. When prompted, select the option to schedule the disk check, and then restart your computer.

If you can't get into Windows, follow these steps:

  1. Restart your computer and press F8 repeatedly to display the Advanced Boot Options menu.
  2. Select Repair Your Computer.
  3. Once logged in, open the Command Prompt from the System Recovery Options, and run the following command:
  4. chkdsk /r /f

Run Startup Repair to Enable Booting

If Windows still won't load, run the Startup Repair utility:

  1. On the Advanced Boot Options menu, select Repair Your Computer. If Startup Repair doesn't run automatically, select it from the menu.
  2. If step 1 didn't help, but you still think there's an issue with the boot configuration, open a command prompt window and enter the following command:
  3. BootRec.exe /FixMbr /FixBoot
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