My Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit system suddenly started hanging on startup today, insisting on running CHKDSK and then freezing as soon as it started. Luckily the same laptop also has an Ubuntu installation on it, so I booted into Ubuntu, mounted the Windows partition, and edited the registry by hand to disable the boot-time scan.

Using linux as a tool to fix my Windows installation…I’m not sure if that earns me nerd points or condemns me to a special level of hacker Hell.