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Windows XP Recovery Console Access Denied

Recently a Dell computer running Windows XP Home Edition was dropped off at our computer shop to be repaired. The computer would not boot because it appeared that numerous Windows system files were corrupted. After some initial troubleshooting I booted to the Windows Recovery Console in an attempt to copy backups of the system files to the active locations however when I attempted to issue the copy commands from the Recovery Console I received an error of “Access Denied”. This problem can likely be fixed by running chkdsk as shown below.

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Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit: C: Drive Shows Dirty, Windows 7 CHKDSK Every Boot

I have been really satisfied with the Dell Studio XPS 13 running Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit that I purchased at the beginning of the year however recently the C: drive displays dirty on boot thus triggering a chkdsk. The problem is that sometimes the boot screen would simply hang at 1 second left before the chkdsk would run. This would happen regardless of if I hit a key to skip the chkdsk or if I let the chkdsk run. Below I describe some of the things I have done to get around this problem.

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Windows 7: Schedule A chkdsk On Reboot

My Dell laptop has been claiming there is a hard drive issue for some time however when I reboot and let Windows 7 scan the drive it either doesn’t scan the drive or it scans the drive and still claims there is an issue. I believe the drive doesn’t have any major issues and that it has something else to do with the fact that it is a solid state drive. To get past the problem of Windows always claiming that it needs to scan the drive on reboot I scheduled a scan for the next reboot. Below is information on how to schedule a chkdsk scan on next reboot.

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Cannot Start Microsoft Office Outlook. Cannot Open The Outlook Window.

When I booted my Windows 7 laptop this morning to start working on a project everything seemed normal at first. Then I attempted to start Microsoft Outlook 2007 to view any new email and I received an error. At first I assumed that the error was a fluke and if I simply rebooted everything would work properly but this was not the case. I tried numerous different attempts to resolve the issue without success and then one of the easier resolutions I tried worked. After the fix I was using Outlook again in seconds to read and reply to email. Below I describe the error in detail, failed attempts to resolve the Microsoft Outlook 2007 issue, and then finally the command I used to resolve the issue. Before you begin I suggest reading the entire article and attempting fixes in order based on time to complete which will vary based on your computer. All of the below steps were completed on a Windows 7 laptop though the steps should be very similar for any version of Windows running Microsoft Outlook 2007.