How to cancel scheduled CHKDSK tasks in Windows

In Windows, CHKDSK is one of the most important command which is used to repair the errors which were usually found in the PC’s hard drive. You can run the CHKDSK command manually in Windows by just entering the chkdsk command in the elevated command prompt. Chkdsk cannot check for the errors while Windows is running and Windows configures it to run when you boot your PC next time.

The time to solve these disk errors in the next boot session will depend on the number of errors and also how severe the errors on the disk. But for next time if you don’t want Windows to take time to boot into the system, follow this tutorial for how to cancel these scheduled CHKDSK tasks on Windows.

How to cancel scheduled CHKDSK tasks in Windows

  • If you are using Windows 8, right click on the Start icon at left bottom corner or press Win+X keys and select Command Prompt(Admin) option from the menu. If you are using Windows 7 or Vista then go to start menu and search for Command prompt if it is displayed right click on it and select it to Run as Administrator and this will bring the elevated command prompt.
  • Before cancelling the CHKDSK task, ensure that there is a scheduled chkdsk task. To check that, enter the below command in the command prompt and press Enter button.
    chkntfs C:


  • If there is chkdsk task scheduled already, then you will get a response like chkdsk has been scheduled manually to run on next reboot.
  • Once it is confirmed, then just enter the below command in command prompt to cancel the scheduled chkdsk task.
    chkntfs /x C:

Cancel scheduled CHKDSK task using Windows Registry

  • Press Win+R keys to launch Run Box and enter regedit and hit Enter key to open Windows Registry Editor.
  • Now navaigate the below key in the left pane.
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlSession Manager


  • Find Multi-String value BootExecute and double-click on it. This will open Edit Multi-String window and replace the string autocheck autochk */rDosDeviceC: with following string and click on OK to save the changes.
    autocheck autochk *

That’s it, you have cancelled the scheduled CHKDSK tasks on your Windows PC. Even though cancelling that is very easy, it is recommended to continue the scan as it is very essential for the Windows operations and help you in recovering from the critical errors on the hard disk.

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