Windows offers users an inbuilt utility – System File Checker (SFC) to safeguard the integrity of system files. But this tool can fail to fix corrupt system files too. In this case, you can use the 5 solutions in this article to deal with it.
Windows system file can get corrupt for lots of reasons, including virus/malware attacks, faulty program settings and other random failures, etc. Once system files become damaged, not only will Windows be likely to crash, but also your data on the computer will be in danger, like corrupt PST data. Hence, Windows provides users an inbuilt tool – System File Checker (SFC), responsible for scanning and fixing corrupt system file. To run it manually, you can open Command Prompt, type “sfc /scannow” and then hit “Enter”. However, this utility cannot repair everything. Hence, if it fails to fix compromised system files, what should you do then? Here are 5 solutions for you to opt for.
1. Just ignore it if Windows can work as usual
Sometimes, although some system files are corrupt, Windows still can keep going as normal. In this case, you can simply select to bypass the failure of system file checker. Perhaps you may still feel panic when selecting to neglect it. At this point, scanning your PC by antivirus software is also advisable.
2. Reboot PC into System Recovery Options and run SFC at Boot
In addition, you can try to run System File Checker again during boot.
- Firstly, reboot your computer.
- When Windows logo shows up, press F8 key.
- Then in the “Advanced Boot Options” menu, you should select to “Repair Your Computer” and press “Enter”.
- Next in the “System Recovery Options” screen, choose “Command Prompt”.
- Lastly you can run the system file checker as usual.
3. Run Deployment Imaging and Servicing Management (DISM)
If System File Checker cannot function as normal, you can attempt to repair the Component Store.
- To start with, type “cmd” in the search box of “Start Menu”
- Then right click on the “cmd” and choose “Run as Administrator”.
- Next in the Command Prompt window, input “Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth”
- After that, press “Enter” key.
- Finally, after it finishes, you can restart Windows and run SFC again to see if issue persists.
4. Repair install Windows
Provided that all the above cannot make any effects, you can make a repair install of Windows. This can replace all of the current Windows components with the correct ones and update the System File Checker database. In this case, you have to require the original Windows installation media.
5. Re-install Windows
The worst case must be that even a repair install cannot help you get rid of failed System File Checker and your Windows system has been quite unstable. In this situation, your unique way is to re-install Windows on your PC. But, note that you have to firstly back up your data in prior to reinstallation.
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