Sometimes, when you start your Windows 10 PC, a disk check automatically starts. A special built-in tool, chkdsk, performs the file system check for errors. Once Windows has booted, the user can run chkdsk manually from the disk's properties too via This PC. But in Windows 10 and Windows 8, Microsoft hides important details about the disk check if it runs before Windows has booted. Here is how you can view the detailed results of the disk check.
The only way to see chkdsk results if it was started automatically during the boot sequence is Windows Event Viewer. In Windows 7 and all previous versions of Windows, if some inconsistency was found on the file system, chkdsk would run automatically but it showed you the details. In Windows 10 and Windows 8, this was removed as part of Microsoft's effort to simplify the OS, same as the updated Blue Screen appearance. Chkdsk, or rather autochk.exe when it runs during the boot sequence now shows only the percent complete. So there is no way to know if it found any errors and whether any changes or corrections were made to the file system.
The Windows Event Log contains tons of information about various events happening on your PC. It can be confusing and intimidating for the regular user. But we will see how to navigate it quickly and see only the required logs, in this case, the results of the disk check. Follow these steps.
- Go to the Start menu -> All apps -> Windows Administrative Tools -> Event Viewer. Or you can simply type Event Viewer into the search box. Tip: See how to navigate apps by alphabet in Windows 10 Start menu.
- In Event Viewer, expand Windows Logs on the left - Application:
- In the task pane on the right hand side, click Filter Current Log... and enter 26226 in the event ID box:
- Press OK and you will see the results of all disk checks stored in the Application log!
This useful trick can also be performed in Windows 8 and Windows 7. In Windows 7, you should look for another event ID - 1001, while in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, it is 26226, the same as Windows 10.