Windows 7 chkdsk Bug Hysteria Probably Not Worth the Hype

Some folks are saying that a bug in Windows 7 RTM (scheduled to roll out tomorrow to MSDN and TechNet subscribers) is serious enough to derail the launch. I think they are probably reaching a bit far. I don’t know, but would imagine that this is something that can be fixed with a patch.


In any event, the bug supposedly consumes enormous amounts of memory if you run chkdsk and has been reported to crash systems. It has also been reported that this occurs both in Windows Explorer and in at an elevated CMD prompt.   Neowin is linking to a post with a comment supposedly from Steven Sinofsky about the problem.

So there appears to be a bug, but I don’t think anyone is surprised to see any OS released these days that doesn’t still have a few kinks to be flattened out. Again, I wouldn’t sweat the shrieks of doom too much on this one.

UPDATE: And as usual, Ed Bott cuts through the clutter and provides some answers.