Windows Chkdsk – Can Fix Your Crashing Computer

What to do if your Microsoft windows computer crashes unexpectedly? Some users receive the following error message:

"The file or directory C:\$Secure is corrupt and unreadable. Please run chkdsk utility"

You can boot your Microsoft Windows computer into safe mode by pressing the F8 key right after your computer BIOS screen flashes and before Microsoft windows attempt to boot and select "Safe Mode" from that advanced boot options menu. In Microsoft Windows Safe Mode click on "Start" then select "Run" and type CMD in the run box and then click "Ok". In that black command prompt window type this command:

chkdsk c: /f /r

That check disk scan may take a while to run but hopefully it will fix any bad sectors. Another option is to boot your computer in safe mode again and this time run

chkntfs /x c:

in a command prompt. Finally, you can boot off your Microsoft Windows installation CD-ROM and hit the R key to get into the Recovery Console. Once in Recovery Console type this command:

chkdsk c: /p /r

If that does NOT fix your problem then you can try a repair installation of Microsoft Windows operating system. Another option would be to boot into safe mode and this time select "Last Known Good Configuration". You do NOT have to use your Microsoft Windows media to boot with last known good configuration.

If you hit the F8 key after you see your BIOS screen flashes and right before Microsoft windows operating system tries to boot you will see the advanced boot options menu. Please select "Last Known Good Configuration" from that menu. Hopefully the computer will boot normally.

It is worth trying last known good configuration, because I have seen it fix issues like this before. Yes it is possible that your hard drive is failing. This is unfortunate however it is worth trying to repair your installation of Microsoft Windows operating system.

Two additional repair solutions are specifically geared towards Microsoft Windows Vista operating system. One option is if the hard drive is still good would be to run Microsoft Windows Vista's "System File Checker" in safe mode. You can follow those instructions below.

System File Checker

Basically, in a command prompt after booting into safe mode you type the following command:

sfc /scannow

System file check will check for any corrupt system files and attempt to repair or replace them. A second option would be to run an upgrade or repair installation of Vista. You should NOT loose any of your data but some Microsoft Windows Vista settings might be reset.

You can follow some instructions for a Microsoft Windows Vista repair installation below.

Installation and Repair

Performing a repair installation requires that you physically have a Microsoft Windows Vista CD-ROM disc. Basically, you will be performing a Microsoft Windows installation. However, you do NOT want to delete any data.

Therefore you are performing what is known as a repair installation. This is an advanced technique and many end users do NOT know that this type of Microsoft Windows operating system repair installation is even available. You need to proceed with caution and do NOT format your hard drive.

Many of these instructions were written for Microsoft Windows Vista operating system. However, they can be used as a basis point certainly for other Microsoft Windows operating systems.

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