XP State file cannot be read

By mischievous_neo
Mar 5, 2008
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  1. hi...while starting windows xp sp2 i get the error that ...State File cannot be read...exiting.....i think its the file that scandisk checks in order to determine whether to run a scan or not..please help me fix the problem...it happened after a power failure
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

  3. mischievous_neo

    mischievous_neo Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    hi...tried it but i only have 3 things starting up...nod32, ctfmon.exe and cfi shelltoys xp...none of those seem to be the problem....am not sure what file the OS reads in order to determine the state of the system while starting up
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

  5. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,029   +222

    fyi:
    chkdsk examines a BIT (the dirty bit) in the filesystem structure, not a State File

    in fact, this is a primary operation on all journaling filesystems today (eg Linux) to enhance boot time performance :)
  6. mischievous_neo

    mischievous_neo Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    hi thanx for the replies...Jobeard is right...chkdsk does check a dirty bit....scandisk is working fine cauz when the comp hung and i restarted it ran scandisk for all drives...its just that i see that error msg...dunno if it affects the system in any way...if it doesnt i guess i could live with it
  7. surendra

    surendra Newcomer, in training


    click on start -> run -> msconfig -> startup -> uncheck --> nod32 / ctfmon.exe or others and restart pc then no problem found.
  8. mischievous_neo

    mischievous_neo Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    tried that it dint solve the problem...the exact message is "Failed to read state file...Exiting"
  9. mischievous_neo

    mischievous_neo Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    hi i just updated Raxco Perfectdisk and the error seems to have gone....guess thats wat was causing it..thanx for the replies
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