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'Disk checking' endless loop

  1. #1


    Posts : 3
    Win 8

    'Disk checking' endless loop


    Hello. I'm new here (obviously), so thanks in advance for taking the time to read my post.

    Dell XPS 12 running Win8 x64. Had it for about six weeks, and I had two problems I with it:

    - every so often (maybe once a week), when I would turn it on, instead of booting into my normal startup screen, it would say 'Preparing Windows', then boot into, like, a generic account with none of my programs or files or anything... shutting down and restarting fixes that problem. A little annoying, but no big deal.

    - every so often (maybe twice a week), I I'd shut it down, and I'd get the BSOD, with 'SESSION_HAS_VALID_POOL_ON_EXIT' given as the problem. I bit of Googling seemed to reveal that this was a fairly common issue with Wi8 on this particular machine, so I never worried too much about it.

    I'm describing these problems because they might shed light on the NEWEST problem, which is as follows:

    Did a Win8 update yesterday, and today I discovered that when I turn the machine on, I get 'To skip disk checking, press any key within 1 second' at the Dell startup screen... I didn't press anything, but it didn't seem to go into disk-check, booting normally into Windows instead. I tried to do a disk check, and right away, it told me 'Windows has found problems with your disk', telling me I had to restart to fix them... so I did, and got the same 'To skip disk checking...' message, followed by an immediate boot into Windows instead of any disk checking. I tried to do a system restore, thinking one of the updates might be causing the problem, but when I try to do a system restore, it tells me that I have to run check-disk first (but every time I do, I get the same routine I just described above).

    Anyhow, it doesn't actually seem to affect the computer's performance, but it's an annoyance and a concern and I just want to fix whatever the problem is. If any of y'all can shed some light on it for me, I'll be so appreciative! Thanks again for reading this!

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  2. #2


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    You could try running:

    Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

    in elevated command prompt.

    It takes 15 minutes to an hour to finish.
    Reboot when it is done.

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    It might help.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 3
    Win 8


    Thanks for the reply and for the suggestion, medab1. I did as you said, but it's still giving me the 'skip disk checking' message at startup... so weird.
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  4. #4


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Sorry it didn't help.
    It was worth trying though.

    edit--

    Have you tried running sfc /scannow in administrator command prompt ?

    How about error checking in C:\ Properties ?

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  5. #5


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Can you do it from an install disk? You got one?
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  6. #6


    Posts : 3
    Win 8


    medab1 and XweAponX, thanks so much for your help! I went ahead and tried to repair W8 from the OEM disc, and that seems to have solved the issue. I'll udpate if I encounter any further issues.
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  7. #7


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    I'm glad you got it fixed.
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  8. #8


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Coool! Thanx. I knew medlab's solution is viable, sometimes ya can't do it from within the OS, but you can from an install disk. This is why having an actual real install disk is very important for Windows 8.
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