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Kudos0

Program not found - skipping auto check

On boot up, just before the login screen, I get a blue screen with the message "\systemroot\windows\system32\autochk.exe -  Program not found - skipping auto check".  I have varified that I have autochk.exe in that directory and have even copied that file from I386 to windows\system32 incase the file was corrupted, but still get this error on boot up. 

I also verified that I have the correct commands in the system registry.

After the message I can log into windows and everything works fine.

I have Windows XP SP3

Any ideas how to fix this problem?

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Kudos0

Re: Program not found - skipping auto check

Hi,

you can try to fix the problem by running Windows' own file recovery program. Here are the steps:

1. Open start menu

2. Click on Run

3. Write cmd in, and hit enter

4. Write sfc /scannow into the command promt, and hit enter

5. Let the tool scan your files, and if necessary put the windows cd in (it will tell you)

If this still not works, you can try to do a system restore to a stage where you windows worked correctly.

But if nothing helps, it is possible that you have to reinstall windows....

Let us know the results.

Windows 8.1 Embedded Industry Pro x64 Hungarian, Norton 360 v21.5.0.19
Kudos0

Re: Program not found - skipping auto check


nragone wrote:

I also verified that I have the correct commands in the system registry.


Not sure what you checked, but the registry key that starts chkdsk is:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\BootExecute

The normal value of the key is: autocheck autochk *

When it's like that, chkdsk (autocheck) should not run.

If the "flag" is set for it to run, the value data may look something like this: Autocheck autochk /p \??\C:

It's also common to have other "boot time" programs listed in that registry key, programs like "offline" defrag tools use that key to start up at the "blue screen" before windows loads.

Did you check that key for the default value?

Dave

Kudos0

Re: Program not found - skipping auto check

BTW- the reason why whatever is trying to run autocheck can't find it, the path given is incorrect:

"\systemroot\windows\system32\autochk.exe"

%systemroot% is a variable for the windows folder, so the path it's trying to call is windows\windows\system32

either it should have been calling "systemdrive" instead of "systemroot" or it should have just called windir\system32

Kudos0

Re: Program not found - skipping auto check

I have run sfc /scannow and it didn't find any problems. 

Also my registry entries check out.

When I first started getting the error message it did point to c:\windows\system32.  Why it changed I don't know.

Kudos0

Re: Program not found - skipping auto check

If you are running IE9 please switch to compatibility mode so we can see your text .......

Hugh