Windows VPS running disk check

If you aren't able to connect to RDP, or access your Windows VM, one of the reasons may be that your Windows server is running a disk check. This is a process that can occur when booting up your VM, and it can take a long time to complete. If you don't want to wait for it to complete, you can follow these steps to fix it.

If you access your server via VNC, you can see that it might be running a disk check that looks like this: 

If this is the case, you will need to take one of two actions:

1) If this is a fresh server and you want an easy fix, try reinstalling the OS.

2) Alternatively, you can skip the disk check upon your server's boot.

To do this, you should visit your VPS control panel and click the Reboot button to send the reboot command to your server. Please allow around 60 seconds for the reboot command to be processed by your VPS and to shut down your VPS. If you have VNC during this, you will notice that it will disconnect when your server shuts down.

Once your server shuts down, you should allow around 60 seconds for it to boot again. You will want to quickly VNC in to your server, and press any key to skip the disk check. Please note you will have 10 seconds during boot to click a button to skip the disk check, so you should quickly reconnect to your VPS via VNC after it has been rebooted successfully.

Once the disk check is skipped, Windows will continue to boot normally. This message may come back again after rebooting, so if you wish to permanently disable these disk checks you may open command prompt as an administrator and execute the following command:

  • windows, chkdsk
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