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My Gateway running Windows XP attempts to start Windows, but then restarts and won't ever finish loading Windows.

I'd like to run CHKDSK to see if its a bad sector. However, since it can't load Windows, how do I get to the command-prompt to run CHKDSK?

I've searched here and on the internet, and haven't really seen any solid answers.

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With an XP disk. – Rob Apr 6 '12 at 17:20
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You could try booting to a BartPE livecd disk and running it that way. Be sure to include the checkdisk plugin

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As @Rob suggested, you can also boot off of the Windows XP CD. When you boot up, it firsts asks you to Press a key to boot the CD, so do so. As it's loading, instead of pressing Enter to load setup, press R to load the recovery console. From there, choose the Windows installation, type the Administrator password, then run your CHKDSK C: /f /p.

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