A popular combination in dual-boot configurations consists of Windows 7 and 10. However, if you have started Windows 7 and then want to boot Windows 10, you will always receive a message that interrupts the start, Windows 10 always wants one Start Disk Check to check the hard drives for errors. In this tip we show you how you can remedy this.
Windows dual boot without Windows 10 disk checking
Many users rely on a so-called “dual boot” with two different operating systems for their systems. A popular combination consists of Windows 7 and Windows 10. The former is still very popular and is sometimes even a prerequisite for starting certain programs or games that cannot run under 10. When the system starts, you usually select the operating system to be started shortly after switching on the PC. However, if you have started Windows 7 once and then want to start Windows 10, you will always receive a message that interrupts the start. The reason: Windows 10 always wants to start a disk check (check disk) to check the hard drives for supposed errors. In this tip we show you how you can remedy this.
Since Windows 8, the PC no longer actually switches itself off, but switches to a sleep state. Before this, the operating system saves all data that was still in the main memory at the time of shutdown on the system hard drive under “hiberfil.sys”. The reason for this is the “quick start” function of Windows, which is supposed to enable the fastest possible start-up.
Especially for PCs with two operating systems, Windows 10 usually wants to perform a disk check at startup. That can be prevented.
Now nothing may change the system file just mentioned, otherwise data could be lost – after all, Windows wants to continue working with the outdated information the next time it is started. But that’s exactly what happens when you boot the older 7 between Windows 10 sessions, because the other operating system changes the file system. This also happens if you start another operating system from the USB stick.
Since the stored data from the RAM do not match one hundred percent, Windows 10 would like to have the data carrier checked for possible errors or damage – hence the prompt at system start.
To prevent the constant message, proceed as follows: On the Windows 10 desktop press the key combination Windows-X and select the entry “Power Options”. In the Networking and Energy Saver window, scroll down and click Additional Power Settings. In the next window click on “Choose what should happen when you press the power button” and then on “Some settings are currently unavailable”. Now remove the check mark next to “Activate quick start”.
Windows 10 takes a little longer to start up from now on. However, you will no longer be annoyed by the constant request to check the file system.
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