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How to Fix Corrupted Files on Windows 10

Working with your laptop frequently is fun and gives you a feeling of productivity. For some reason, it may give you issues on your system. It may be the effect of the modified core system files of your Windows and damaged files.

Missing system files and corrupted system files is a common problem for most Windows OS. If you don’t fix those corrupt and missing files immediately, it may produce more issues on your laptop computer.

Even though Windows OS protecting those critical system files for your computer, sometimes the Windows updates, driver software, and applications can affect your operating system stability.

The blue screen of death, Windows crashes, missing features, and many other errors are the consequences of this corrupted system files.

Methods for Repair Corrupted & Missing Files

So today, we’ll walk you through how to repair the damaged and missing system files on Windows operating system.

These three ways are the best way to fix this issue and also may work on another version of Windows OS:

  • SFC (System File Checker) command
  • DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management) command.
  • System Restore

Using the System File Checker or SFC Command

The first method is the SFC (System File Checker) command. It’s a Command Prompt command which often used by most Windows users to fix any broken system files. Also, it can verify and replace most of the essential data.

The following steps will show you how to scan and fix system files SFC command:

  1. Navigate and click the Start button or just hit Windows Key
  2. Type cmd > right-click on Command Prompt and open as Administrator
  3. On Command Prompt type or only copy & paste: sfc /scannow and press Enter

It may take a little longer to complete the verification process. After the scan has completed, it’ll show you a message if your PC is free from those errors. – “Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations”

However, after the verification scan process is complete, if it shows the opposite results, you may receive one of the following messages:

  • “Windows Resource Protection could not perform the requested operation”
    • There was a problem during the scan. To resolve this problem, you need to run SFC in safe mode and scan your system in this mode.
  • “Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files and successfully repaired them. Details are included in the CBS.Log %WinDir%\Logs\CBS\CBS.log
    • This message indicates the System File Checker was successful in checking and fixing the problem.
    • You can view the details of the SFC process.
  • “Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them. Details are included in the CBS.Log %WinDir%\Logs\CBS\CBS.log”.
    • Indicating, you need to repair the corrupted files manually.

DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management) Command

DISM.exe or Deployment Image Servicing and Management is an instruction or command-line utility, and this tool can be used to repair and prepare Windows Image data. DISM available since the Windows Vista operating system.

On Windows 10, you can locate DISM in: c:\windows\system32 folder. Also, you can run it through command prompt, but you must launch Command Prompt as Administrator before you can operate the Deployment Image and Servicing Management (DISM).

To repair all the damaged and missing system files using the mentioned tool, follow these steps:

  1. Press Windows Key or click the Start button
  2. Type cmd and open Command Prompt as Administrator
  3. On Command Prompt type DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth and hit Enter.

System Restore

In resolving these matters, sometimes, even with these two methods, which we discussed above, it may still end up with disappointment.

In this case, you may want to consider a System Restore. System Restore is one of the features in Windows which allows the user to regress or return the computer to its previous state. Generally, this technique will solve the problem.

It can revert your computer’s system to various last particular point in time. It includes the Windows Registry, installed applications, system files, and system settings.

The Last Resort

If none of these procedures works or failed on your personal computer, so in that case, you may prefer a re-installation or reset Windows as your final solution.

However, you need to do a full backup of your files and data before you do a reset or reinstallation of your Windows OS.

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  1. Shaun

    Thanks so much for sharing!

    Actually my desktop computer with window 10 system does not work well recently. My kid deleted some files maybe critical to the system by accident…

    I will try to recover the files by the method that you listed. Hope they will rescue my computer…

  2. Roberto

    This is really informative. I haven’t experienced file corruption in my laptop yet but just in case I need help I can certainly go back to this site. I’ll bookmark this page for future info. Thanks for posting this.

    • Rsln

      You’re welcome. Sometimes, it might happen if you often modify your laptop files system and being prepared for it is good. Anyway, thanks

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