Windows tip of the day: viewing your chkdsk report

So, within days of using Windows 7 Ultimate, I suffered a bluescreen event (BSOD) and had Windows prompt a chkdsk run by itself. I was curious to see the results of the disk check, but if you have seen one of those occur, you’ll know that the results scroll by too fast for you to read. I went to good old Google and within short order, I discovered that instructions on the internet are often incomplete (with mine being the exception, of course. :D)

The first site I found online told me to check the built-in Windows Event Viewer tool (right after the chkdsk was done) which is accessible on Vista or Windows 7 by “event viewer” in the search panel. I was told to search for an event prompted by Winlogon (as the source) and to go with the most recent entry. Clearly, I was doing my search a couple of days after the event and I didn’t want to wade through score of entries in the event viewer.

The next hit online was more forthcoming and told me that I was looking for an entry from Winlogon as the source and the Event ID of 1001. Well, that was correct, but oddly enough, there was another entry called Wininit that contained the results I was searching for! So, to make this long story short, if you are looking for your chkdsk results, do the following:

  1. Start up Event Viewer by going to “Start” and going to search panel to type in “Event Viewer”.Event Viewer
  2. Then, sort by clicking the “Event ID” tab or “Source” tab. What you are looking for it an entry that coincides with a winlogon or wininit entry AND the event ID of 1001.Wininit

And that’s that! You’re welcome. 🙂


On Windows Vista, a commenter (Alejandra) made the following edit:

[…] on Windows Vista, once you open the Event Viewer, you need to select Windows Logs on the menu on the right side, and then select Application.

Update #2

Another commenter, (Denny) left this great tip for pulling up your most recent Windows 7 chkdsk results. It involves Windows PowerShell which is available on most Windows Vista/7 computers. Here is his PowerShell command which I used and it’s vastly faster than digging through the Event Log.

get-winevent -FilterHashTable @{logname="Application"; id="1001"}| ?{$_.providername –match "wininit"} | fl timecreated, message

Simple copy and paste that into the Windows PowerShell command window and you’ll have your answer!

Update #3

Commenter, doncherry, helpfully wrote out how to pull up PowerShell which is available on Windows 7 and as a separate download on Windows XP:

To run it, click Start, click Programs, click Accessories, click the Windows PowerShell folder, and then click the Windows PowerShell item.

PowerShell command to pull up chkdsk results on Windows 7

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    • sarah

      my system is showing chkdsk is verifying security descriptors(stage 3 of 3)
      100 percent completed.
      it is taking long time..and still showing the same can u plz help me out

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  • doncherry

    I think the power shell command you added in your update #2 isn’t displayed properly, the quotes (“) are displayed as their HTML entities ("), since the ampersand sign (&) is escaped as an HTML entity (&) in the source code. Once I replaced the " with ” , it worked.
    Also, it might be good to know that Windows 7 comes with PowerShell preinstalled (cf. To run it, click Start, click Programs, click Accessories, click the Windows PowerShell folder, and then click the Windows PowerShell item.

  • doncherry

    Alright, this is silly 😀 The HTML entities I mentioned are not displayed as entities, but as the actual symbols they escape. ‘Once I replaced the ” with “‘ doesn’t make too much sense … Just imagine & quot ; and & amp ; in the respective places.

    • doncherry, thanks for your comments! 🙂

      I recently moved my blog from Habari to WordPress and during that move, several of my source code posts got messed up. I missed this one so thanks again for pointing this out. I’ve changed source code to the correct command. Lastly, I did mention PowerShell came on Windows 7 (under Update #2) but I used the word, “most” which apparently should be “all”. 🙂

      Jane 🙂

  • Hello, this is the only website that has right answered the question; one thing only: the content of my CHKDSK report/log was displayed partially; I wonder how to full display it? May be is about a log size configuration issue?

    Thank you.

  • Susan

    Worked like a charm!  Thank you!


  • billa

    thanks, that worked. However, there is a missing step between #1 and #2. That step is: In the Event Viewer tree, expand “Windows Log” then click on “Application”. This will bring up the log you show in your step #2 screenshot. Not everyone knows where this stuff lives in Event Viewer.

  • Joel

    Thanks a lot

  • calling all toasters

    I sure wish there was a post to go with all these laudatory comments.

    • Hi! I upgraded my theme and it appears to be incompatible with the disqus plugin. You should now see the posts *before* comments. 🙂