Microsoft issues hotfix for CHKDSK issue

Posted on Tuesday, Dec 22 2020 @ 12:25 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Yesterday I wrote about an issue with CHKDSK that could brick a system. The bug was introduced via KB4592438, an update for Windows 10 20H2 that was published earlier this month as part of the Patch Tuesday releases. After running CHKDSK, users were presented with a Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) as the bug can damage a solid state disk's file system.

Microsoft acknowledges the issue and has already rolled out a hotfix. Here's the full statement from Microsoft:
A small number of devices that have installed this update have reported that when running chkdsk /f, their file system might get damaged and the device might not boot.

This issue is resolved and should now be prevented automatically on non-managed devices. Please note that it can take up to 24 hours for the resolution to propagate to non-managed devices. Restarting your device might help the resolution apply to your device faster. For enterprise-managed devices that have installed this update and encountered this issue, it can be resolved by installing and configuring a special Group Policy. To find out more about using Group Policies, see Group Policy Overview.

To mitigate this issue on devices which have already encountered this issue and are unable to start up, use the following steps:

  • The device should automatically start up into the Recovery Console after failing to start up a few times.
  • Select Advanced options.
  • Select Command Prompt from the list of actions.
  • Once Command Prompt opens, type: chkdsk /f
  • Allow chkdsk to complete the scan, this can take a little while. Once it has completed, type: exit
  • The device should now start up as expected. If it restarts into Recovery Console, select Exit and continue to Windows 10.

    Note After completing these steps, the device might automatically run chkdsk again on restart. It should start up as expected once it has completed.

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    Thomas De Maesschalck

    Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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