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"Delayed Write Failed" error after XP end of life date.

Posted on 2014-04-28
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Ever since XP end of life several computers receive the "Windows - Delayed Write Failed" error during startup (see screenshot). I've run checkdisk and diagnostics which have all come back clean, doesn't make sense to be hardware because the odds all computers have failed HDD's is basically null. This error has been happening the day after XP end of life took affect.

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Perhaps the XP EOL is just a coincidence. Microsoft says this about the error:

To resolve this issue, first check whether the "Enable write caching on the disk" feature is turned on. If it is turned on, turn it off. To do this, follow these steps.

Note If you turn off the "Enable write caching on the disk" feature, your hard disk may perform more slowly and may affect the overall system performance of your computer. Because of this, you may want to monitor system performance after you follow the steps in this section.

To turn off Enable write caching on the disk, follow these steps:

1.    Click Start, and then click My Computer.
2.    Right-click the hard disk, and then click Properties.
3.    Click the Hardware tab.
4.    Click to select the hard disk, and then click Properties.
5.    Click the Policies tab.
6.    Click to clear the Enable write caching on the disk check box, and then click OK.
7.    Click OK to close the Local Disk (C:) Properties dialog box.
8.    Repeat steps 3 through 5 for each hard disk that is installed in your computer.

If these steps resolve the error message, you are finished.

If these steps do not resolve the error message, or if the feature is already turned off, go to the "Advanced Troubleshooting" section (in the above link).
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