Windows 10: Best series of built-in Windows tests to run regularly?

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  1. Posts : 20,990
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       11 Dec 2017 #11

    The order for the chkdsk switches does not matter. F is included in R. X is included in F and R. They are redundant. So you could simply use the switch chkdsk /r.
    Sometimes the sequence stops with the dism command completion so that's the reason for the sequence.
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  2. Posts : 172
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
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       11 Dec 2017 #12

    zbook said: View Post
    Sometimes the sequence stops with the dism command completion so that's the reason for the sequence.
    So the sequence below has the best order?

    sfc /scannow
    chkdsk /scan
    dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth
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  3. Posts : 20,990
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       11 Dec 2017 #13

    It did not run completely and stopped after chkdsk /scan results. Had to click enter. So you'll need to experiment with the order or may need to click enter to get all three to complete.
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  4. Posts : 172
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
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       11 Dec 2017 #14

    zbook said: View Post
    It did not run completely and stopped after chkdsk /scan results. Had to click enter. So you'll need to experiment with the order or may need to click enter to get all three to complete.
    It sounds like running them manually might be the best option for me. Which order would you recommend if I were to run each one manually, rather than pasting them all in at once?

    Also, would weekly be a good frequency to run this series of tests?
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  5. Posts : 20,990
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       11 Dec 2017 #15

    It does not matter. You can type or copy and paste them. If you paste all three you will need to click return once. It's personal preference.
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  6. Posts : 172
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
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       11 Dec 2017 #16

    zbook said: View Post
    It does not matter. You can type or copy and paste them. If you paste all three you will need to click return once. It's personal preference.
    I see. Thank you.
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  7.    11 Dec 2017 #17

    This order works for me without having to hit return.
    Code:
    dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth&sfc/scannow&Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth&sfc/scannow&chkdsk /scan&pause
    These are my results:
    Code:
    C:\WINDOWS\system32>dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth&sfc/scannow&Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth&sfc/scannow&chkdsk /scan&pause
    
    Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool
    Version: 10.0.16299.15
    
    Image Version: 10.0.16299.98
    
    [==========================100.0%==========================] The restore operation completed successfully.
    The operation completed successfully.
    
    Beginning system scan.  This process will take some time.
    
    Beginning verification phase of system scan.
    Verification 100% complete.
    
    Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations.
    
    Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool
    Version: 10.0.16299.15
    
    Image Version: 10.0.16299.98
    
    [==========================100.0%==========================] The restore operation completed successfully.
    The operation completed successfully.
    
    Beginning system scan.  This process will take some time.
    
    Beginning verification phase of system scan.
    Verification 100% complete.
    
    Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations.
    The type of the file system is NTFS.
    Volume label is MacBook.
    
    Stage 1: Examining basic file system structure ...
      342272 file records processed.
    File verification completed.
      8254 large file records processed.
      0 bad file records processed.
    
    Stage 2: Examining file name linkage ...
      47187 reparse records processed.
      417424 index entries processed.
    Index verification completed.
      0 unindexed files scanned.
      0 unindexed files recovered to lost and found.
      47187 reparse records processed.
    
    Stage 3: Examining security descriptors ...
    Security descriptor verification completed.
      37577 data files processed.
    CHKDSK is verifying Usn Journal...
      36927008 USN bytes processed.
    Usn Journal verification completed.
    
    Windows has scanned the file system and found no problems.
    No further action is required.
    
     111615999 KB total disk space.
      87158576 KB in 154401 files.
        121344 KB in 37578 indexes.
             0 KB in bad sectors.
        455815 KB in use by the system.
         65536 KB occupied by the log file.
      23880264 KB available on disk.
    
          4096 bytes in each allocation unit.
      27903999 total allocation units on disk.
       5970066 allocation units available on disk.
    Press any key to continue . . .
    The reason for the duplication is that sfc restores things from the component store and dism repairs the component store (in this case through Windows update). You may find you need to find another source for the dism restorehealth but that is another matter. In any case it is worth running sfc after dism if you want to automate it.

    However I would only do any of them if something isn't working. I certainly wouldn't run them weekly on a schedule. Both sfc /scannow and dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth give false positive results. Especially with graphics drivers and especially after an upgrade (which happens every 6 months).

    Unless you want to dig into the logs only to find there is not really an error it is possibly not worth it unless something isn't working. It will certainly not do any harm if you do though.
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  8. Posts : 172
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
    Thread Starter
       11 Dec 2017 #18

    lx07 said: View Post
    However I would only do any of them if something isn't working. I certainly wouldn't run them weekly on a schedule. Both sfc /scannow and dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth give false positive results. Especially with graphics drivers and especially after an upgrade (which happens every 6 months).
    Unless you want to dig into the logs only to find there is not really an error it is possibly not worth it unless something isn't working. It will certainly not do any harm if you do though.
    So the worst that could happen is a false positive?
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