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System Health Report - Generate and View in Windows 8.1

  1. #10


    Greece
    Posts : 341
    Win8.1 64bit, Windows 10 TP on VMWare Player


    Problem #1:

    But today is another day, and I ran perfmon again and unfortunately those same failures (motherboard and plug and play devices) are on the report again so I have no idea what to do now. Any suggestions?

    Problem #2:

    The reason I ran perfmon was to compare the report from one laptop against another. Both are the same Dell model, bought at the same time and with the same Windows updates, though used by 2 different people so the programs etc. are not all the same.

    Anyway, I ran a perfmon report on the second laptop yesterday, and got those same failures on the motherboard and plug and play devices (so both laptops were showing the same issues). Today I updated some drivers on this laptop. I did the same ones as on the other one except did not flash the bios as this was done not so long ago, and the version is still the same, and did not update the audio driver.

    Afterwards I rebooted and ran perfmon again, only to find the failures are still there (so maybe flashing the bios was the thing that got rid of them on the first laptop - although only temporarily??).

    So essentially both laptops are showing those same failures on the latest perfmon report.

    However the second laptop also has an additional warning and information item:

    Click image for larger version

    This VolumeDirty flag warning was not there when I ran perfmon yesterday [but there was a warning that 10% of events were lost during data collection. The settings for Event tracking for Windows (ETW) maximum buffers and buffer size may not be optimal depending on which data sets are being collected.]

    I ran chkdsk but no errors were identified. I don't know what to do now about this warning.

    And this may or may not be relevant:

    Yesterday I also ran dism.bat on this machine, in relation to a problem with Macrium Reflect free edition, which will not open.

    Errors were found and corrected during this process and the second sfc scan was ok (see below):Click image for larger version

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  2. #11


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Problem #1

    I wouldn't worry to much about it if you are not having any issues with your devices.


    Problem #2

    Let's run the command below to see if it shows the disk as dirty as well. Substitute DriveLetter in the command below with the actual drive letter that is being reported as dirty.

    fsutil dirty query DriveLetter:

    For example: fsutil dirty query D:


    If not, then see if this may clear the dirty bit flag for the disk.

    Restart the laptop. If chkdsk wants to run at boot when you restart the computer, go ahead and let it run and finish. Run another perfmon to see if the disk is still flagged dirty.

    If not, then you could format the affected drive to clear it. Be sure to back up anything that you do not want to lose to another location first.
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  3. #12


    Greece
    Posts : 341
    Win8.1 64bit, Windows 10 TP on VMWare Player


    Hi Shawn,

    Well I finally got access the laptop with the dirty disk message again to try your suggestion above.

    I decided to run the perfmon report first, and today this does not have the dirty disk warning.

    I thought I would try running the fsutil scan anyway, but I don't think this worked. I hit the Windows key and R and typed in the command. A box flashed onscreen then disappeared. Do I have to use the Admin Command Prompt from the Windows and X key menu to run this command?

    Or should I just wait and see if it ever happens again?

    The more I get involved with the workings of the laptops the more I realise just what a good thing the hardware and software manufacturers are onto. These things are so complex it seems that the majority of users, who are not techie at all, will find it much easier to wait until something goes wrong then just discard them and buy new .

    Maggi
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  4. #13


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Yeah, you would need to run the command in an elevated command prompt instead.

    If it's not showing as dirty in perfmon, then there's no need to run the command. I wouldn't worry about it unless it showed dirty again.
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  5. #14


    Greece
    Posts : 341
    Win8.1 64bit, Windows 10 TP on VMWare Player


    Thanks Shawn,

    No point trying to fix something unless it's broken
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  6. #15


    Posts : 1
    Windows 8.1


    This did nothing.
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  7. #16


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by MamaM View Post
    This did nothing.
    Do you have anymore details that may help us help you with it?
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  8. #17


    Posts : 2
    Win 8.1

    When doing option one I get an error!


    I get the error "When attempting to start the Data Collector Set the following system error occurred: Element not found

    Click image for larger version
    Last edited by Brink; 14 Mar 2016 at 23:26. Reason: attached your image
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