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I am trying to run ChkDsk on my Windows 10 laptop before upgrading to an iMac. I am the main user and access has been denied because I do not have sufficient privileges.

How do I get around this?

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Open the command prompt in administrator mode. To do it, right-click the windows start button at the left-down corner of the screen and then select 'command prompt (administrator)' (It can also say 'Windows Powershell (administrator)')

Once you are at the command prompt, type cd .. twice, so you can be at the main directory (It must be at the root of the disk, e.g. C:\ or D:.

Now type the chkdsk command again.


In case you can't see the administrator functionality, I recommend to:

  1. Press WinKey+R > type netplwiz.

  2. A window will open with the available users > Select your current user > Go to Properties

  3. Go to Group membership > Select the Administrator box (if it's checked, select administrators at the 'others' box)

  4. Reset your computer and retry to run the command using the same steps as before.

Good luck!

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  • Thank you. I had done all that. It then asks me to reboot and sign in again, which I do. Then I try to run CHKDSK and I still only have access to C:\Users\Gina. – Gina Dudeney Apr 17 '20 at 12:49
  • I've modified the answer. Try following these steps. I hope it will help! – Esteban Apr 17 '20 at 14:08

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