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Is there a built-in checksum/hash utility on Windows 7?

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Not my area, but Powershell, the build in scripting language, can probably do it. –  Phoshi Feb 14 '11 at 19:03
Is this one of those goofy "I'm not allowed to install any 3rd party software" requirements? If so, try googling for "PowerShell SHA1 hash" and you should get some scripts/cmdlets that will run on the built-in PowerShell using MS's Crypto APIs. –  afrazier Feb 14 '11 at 19:14

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Unfortunately, no.

But there's a freeware app called HashTab that integrates neatly with Windows Explorer by registering a... well, a tab in the properties dialog of files. It's pretty sweet.

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Thanks. Unfortunately being built-in was an essential requirement for me. –  user64996 Feb 14 '11 at 18:56
I prefer HashCheck over HashTab, primarily because it can handle multiple mixed file/folder selections and it can create/verify SFV/MD5/SHA1 files. My writeup over at the Ars Forums goes into more detail. –  afrazier Feb 14 '11 at 21:51
Be aware HashTab is only free for private use! HashCheck is open source and complete free (BSD license) –  otakun85 Oct 22 '12 at 14:08
Also HashCheck is 85kB, awesome. –  v.oddou Jul 14 at 7:14

There is a utility from Microsoft, the Microsoft File Checksum Integrity Verifier

The Microsoft File Checksum Integrity Verifier tool is an unsupported command line utility that computes MD5 or SHA1 cryptographic hashes for files.

It doesn't show Windows 7 in system requirements but I've just used it in Windows 8 and it worked.

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Why are we linking to a unsupported command line utility. This doesn't even intergrate into the shell which I am sure the author wanted. –  Ramhound Sep 5 '12 at 12:36
That utility was useful for me. I downloaded an iso image from msdn and needed to cheksum it. I didn't want any third party tools. I didn't need the shell integration and the author didn't ask for it. It's from a trusted source Microsoft and while unsupported it still works. I posted a link here because other people like me may find it useful. –  creator Sep 6 '12 at 4:25
I'm with @creator. It may not be supported software, but at least Microsoft is the author. Checksum programs are potentially really important to maintaining security; I'd rather not get mine from some random third-party. –  ellisbben Sep 18 '12 at 18:00

I found this PowerShell script:

param([switch]$csv, [switch]$recurse)

[Reflection.Assembly]::LoadWithPartialName("System.Security") | out-null
$sha1 = new-Object System.Security.Cryptography.SHA1Managed
$pathLength = (get-location).Path.Length + 1

$args | %{
    if ($recurse) {
        $files = get-childitem -recurse -include $_
    else {
        $files = get-childitem -include $_

    if ($files.Count -gt 0) {
        $files | %{
            $filename = $_.FullName
            $filenameDisplay = $filename.Substring($pathLength)

            if ($csv) {
                write-host -NoNewLine ($filenameDisplay + ",")
            } else {
                write-host $filenameDisplay

            $file = [System.IO.File]::Open($filename, "open", "read")
            $sha1.ComputeHash($file) | %{
                write-host -NoNewLine $_.ToString("x2")

            if ($csv -eq $false) {

Source: Calculating SHA1 in PowerShell

It leverages .NET which I assume you have installed

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Win 7 comes with .NET 3.5 and PowerShell v2, and PowerShell has always been dependent on .NET, so if you've got PS, you've got .NET. :-) –  afrazier Feb 14 '11 at 21:47

Download Microsoft File Checksum Integrity Verifier. Extract the files, then open a Command Prompt, go to the extracted path and then type the following command:

fciv -md5 filepath\filename.extension

For example:

fciv -md5 d:\programs\setup.exe
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This answer and @creator's answer should be combined. They refer to the same tool. –  leif81 Jun 11 at 13:36
Except that @creator's answer was posted months before this one. –  dj18 Aug 14 at 15:11

There like 100 3rd part tools out there. I use MD5Hash. For downloads with sfv files, just use Teracopy to verify the hashes.

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For a solution that works on Windows or just about any other environment, use Python.

  1. install Python -- a Windows installer is provided on https://www.python.org/downloads/

  2. download a tested cksum implementation, e.g. http://pastebin.com/raw.php?i=cKATyGLb -- save the contents of this to say, c:\cksum.py or wherever you find convenient

Then to perform a checksum:

python c:\cksum.py INPUTFILE

Not as fast as a compiled utility, but compatible with Unix cksum and runs anywhere.

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