If your Windows 10 computer started rendering Blue Screen of Death when you run Check Disk command, don’t worry – you’ll be able to use your device properly again in the next 24 hours, according to Microsoft.
Yesterday, we reported that some Windows 10 PCs are rendered a useless brick when users run the built-in Check Disk Utility (chkdsk). Check Disk Utility basically allows you to use the Command Prompt to check a specified disk and repair/recover data on the drive when corruption is detected.
Generally, users are recommended to use Check Disk Utility when they’ve issues with Windows 10 or Windows Update problems. This is because the free tool is also able to detect malfunctioning sectors on the hard drive and recover your data or corrupted system file.
With a poorly-crafted update, Microsoft broke the Check Disk tool and it could crash some devices with ‘File System’ stop code error, as shown in the screenshot below.
Microsoft says a “small number of devices” that have installed Windows 10 update KB4592438 might not boot if you run “chkdsk /f” command. This is because a bug in the tool is damaging the file system, which makes the affected device unbootable.
Surprisingly, Microsoft acknowledged the issue quickly and the company has already started rolling out a fix, but you might not receive patch immediately. The software maker noted that the system crashes will be prevented automatically in the next 24 hours and you don’t need to make any changes.
Restarting your device might help the server-side update to apply to your device faster, but changes can still take up to 24 hours to propagate.
For enterprises or non-managed devices, you can configure a special Group Policy to address the problem:
- In the Recovery Console, select Advanced options.
- Select Command Prompt
- In Command Prompt, type: chkdsk /f
- Once done, type exit
- The device will restart as expected and it will not crash.
Note that the above instructions are for affected enterprise users only. As we mentioned at the outset, Windows 10 customers will get the patch automatically and no actions are required.
In addition to system crashes, users have also reported that Windows 10’s latest update causes high CPU usage, installation issues, temporary data loss, and more.