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Windows 7: How to view the check disk log

17 Aug 2010   #1

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
How to view the check disk log


The log giving the results from running Check Disk can be viewed using the Event Viewer.

Check Disk (chkdsk) - Read Event Viewer Log

WIN key | type EVENTVWR.MSC | ENTER key

Wait for the Summary of Administrative Events section in the middle pane to be populated.

In the left-pane, navigate to Windows Logs | Application

In the middle-pane, click on the word Source.
This will sort the events by Source

Scroll to find the event(s) titled WinInit and with the Event ID 1001.

Under the General tab, there is a scrollable display of the output from CHECK DISK.

You can click in that scrollable area, select all of the text with Ctrl + A and then paste your selection into NotePad, WordPad, Word or the editor of your choice.

A “copy” giving event info, time, and so forth can also be made by:
In the right-hand pane, in the Event 1001, wininit section, click on Copy, then on Copy Details as Text. Now you can paste into your favorite editor.

And a side bit of info—want to clear all events from the Event Viewer? See this SevenForums tutorial: Event Viewer - How to Clear


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18 Aug 2010   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit

For the life of me, I can't figure out why Microsoft would make examining the CHKDSK log such a convoluted process.

Was it always that way?? Not that I recall.

The default ought to be to put at least a copy of the generated log in the root of C or C Windows where it can be viewed directly like any other log file without jumping through hoops.
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18 Aug 2010   #3

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

I totally agree with you.
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18 Aug 2010   #4

Windows 8 Core X64

You can also click on Filter Current Log in the right hand pane and select Wininit in the Event Sources: drop down.
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18 Aug 2010   #5

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

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