How to cancel ChkDsk in Windows 8/10

In this post we will see how to cancel ChkDsk in Windows 8/10 at startup or reboot, after it has been scheduled in Windows.

Cancel ChkDsk in Windows

During Windows startup, you will be given a couple of seconds, during which you can press any key to abort the scheduled Disk checking.

If while it is running, you need to cancel it, then the only want to do it, is to power down the computer. But then, again on next restart, the scheduled chkdsk utility will run.

If you want to cancel chkdsk in Windows 8 after you have scheduled it, here is how you can do it.

Using Registry Editor

Run regedit to open the Registry Editor and navigate to the following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager

Change the BootExecute entry from:

autocheck autochk * /r\DosDevice\C:


autocheck autochk *

cancel chkdsk in windows

Close the Registry Editor and restart your WindowsPC. ChkDsk will not run.

Using Command Prompt

To cancel a scheduled check disk, open an elevated CMD windows, type the following and hit Enter:

chkntfs /x c:

Here c is the drive letter. This should cancel the scheduled chkdsk run.

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