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Scandisk for Windows 95/98/NT
Make sure you have no other programs or windows open and turn off your screensaver: Start -> Settings -> Control Panel -> Display.  Click the Screensaver tab, and in the drop-down list underneath "ScreenSaver" (click the down arrow to get it), select None (at the very top).  Click OK to finish, and then close the Control Panel window.

Click on Start ->  Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools -> Scandisk.

When the Scandisk Program opens, put a check mark in the little square at the bottom to automatically fix errors.  Then start the program & go find something else to do for a while.  Scandisk can take a long time to run, so don't do this if you have something else you want to do on your computer right away.  If you are using Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 98SE or Windows ME, you need to run Scandisk once a month.

Scandisk for Windows 2000 & Windows XP
Make sure you turn off your screensaver: Start -> Settings -> Control Panel -> Display. Click the Screensaver tab, and in the drop-down list underneath "ScreenSaver" (click the down arrow to get it), select None (at the very top). Click OK to finish, and then close the Control Panel window.

There is not really a scandisk for these systems, instead there is Check Disk. You can start Check Disk by opening the My Computer icon, right-clicking on the hard drive icon, selecting Properties, selecting the Tools (tab), and then clicking the Check Now button. When you open Check Disk, select Automatically fix file system errors and Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors.  After you click Yes to schedule the disk check, Check Disk will be performed the next time you restart your computer. Restart your computer.

Scandisk for Windows Vista
Make sure you turn off your screensaver: Start -> Settings -> Control Panel -> Personalization. Click on Screensaver, and in the drop-down list underneath "ScreenSaver" (click the down arrow to get it), select None (at the very top). Click OK to finish, and then close the Control Panel window.

You can start Check Disk by righ-clicking on the Computer icon on the desktop, click on Explore, right-click on the hard drive icon, select Properties, select the Tools tab, and then click the Check Now button. In the window, select Automatically fix file system errors and Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors. On the next window, click Schecule disk check. Check Disk will be performed the next time you restart your computer. Restart your computer.

Once you have completed the Check Disk be sure to re-enable your screen saver.

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