Corrupt File, please run chkdsk

April 6, 2008 at 08:26:54
Specs: vista basic, 1GB


Every time I try and open a program I get a little pop up in the system tray that states "(Program).exe - corrupt file. the file or directory C:\windows is corrupt and unreadable, please run the chkdsk utility." However, I can still run the programs without any noticable problems. Does anyone know what this could be or how I can repair or resolve this problem?

around a week ago I acquired what I think may have been a virus that restarted me hard drive every 30 secs or so and thus had to format the drive and do a clean install. Could this be related in some way?

Any help would be most appreciated.

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April 6, 2008 at 08:40:23

Try booting from your install CD
then enter into repair and recovery console by pressing R, run the command chkdsk /r which will repair any file system errors and should correct your problem.

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April 6, 2008 at 09:17:05

Hi, Thanks for the reply.

I dont have an install CD, only a recovery CD. will this do the same job?

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April 6, 2008 at 09:44:12

Yes, when you first boot up from the CD, select "R" to get into the recovery console then run the CHKDSK /R and you should be all set.

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April 6, 2008 at 12:27:37

ThePC-EMT wrote ...

Yes, when you first boot up from the CD, select "R" to get into the recovery console..

Windows Vista does not contain a Recovery Console. Read the following article for Vista Repair Options available.


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April 6, 2008 at 18:53:26

Thanks for pointing that out XPUser,
Sorry, My goof, I did not realize at the time that you were using Windows Vista Jimbob4884, I just assumed that it was XP when I had responded. Here is a link to instructions on how to perform the repair with Windows Vista:
Since you don't have an Install CD you may want to check and follow the instructions for "If Startup Repair is a pre-installed recovery option on your computer."

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April 7, 2008 at 10:34:58

thanks for the advice guys, I'll get the recovery CD from my work and follow these steps.

Thanks again

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April 7, 2008 at 13:39:05

ok, update on the situation >

I have yet to repair the system, however This afternoon I was working away on my computer when Panda Detected a worm virus. I instructed panda to remove it and then restarted my computer. Upon start up I was met by a pop up stating that certain applications failed to start as the WININET.dll file was missing and I can now no longer access programs that appear to require access to the internet.

I have since tried to run "start up repair as a pre installed recovery option on my computer" but this option is not presented to me so it appears the manufacturer has maybe modified "start up repair" so it is not a pre installed recovery option.

Just to clarify, I only have a restore CD which I created when work gave the computer to me and not an installation disk, can I run start up repair from this restore CD or not? Or will something like system restore and restoring to an earlier point do the trick? Or maybe I have to do a clean install... again!

sorry if any of this appears a little dumb, Im not very clued up with computers.

thanks again

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April 8, 2008 at 05:43:03

Good morning Jimbob4884, A clean install will be the most direct approach as it will cover all bases in one action. When you are done no more file system errors or any possible viruses or spyware. Another option would be to run a system file check. Some instructions to walk you through it are here:
After cleaning up the file system definately run a virus check and I would also run a scan for spyware programs that antivirus software sometimes miss. A good program for this is Counterspy by Sunbelt software. You can download the free trial version here:
If it was me I would take the direct route and reload the system, that keeps it simple, when it's done reinstalling, you're done and can get back to your work. Good luck

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