How to Repair Corrupted System Files in Windows 10 / 8.1 / 8

How to Repair Corrupted System Files in Windows 10 / 8.1 / 8

July 20, 2019 By Xtremerain Editorial Team

    Sometimes, Something may damage or modify the core system files of Windows. That may cause many problems if you don’t fix it. In this article, You will learn how to repair corrupted system files in windows 10, 8 or 7.

    System files corruption or missing is a widespread problem for windows operating systems. It may create many problems on your windows computers. Especially, Missing features, blue screen of death and many other errors can be the results of damaged system files. So, Fixing corrupted system files can be a standard solution for any common issues in windows computers.

    How to Repair Corrupted System Files on Windows:

    In Windows 10, 8 or 7 even Vista or XP, This problem is very common. We will follow the most working methods to repair it which apply to any windows versions.

    1. Fix Corrupted or Missing System Files Problem by Commands

    There are several commands to fix this problem. One by one, You will know.

    a. SFC Command:

    At first, You can try SFC command method. It is one of the best and widely used methods to fix faulty system files. However, To use this command follow those instructions.

    At first, Open Command Prompt as administrator. If you are using Windows 8, Press Windows Logo Key + X from the keyboard. Then select Command Prompt (Admin).

    If you are using the latest version of Windows 10, type cmd. Now, Right click on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator like the screenshot.

    opening command prompt as administrator

    Then type sfc /scannow and press Enter. Wait for few minutes. Sometimes, It may take a long time to complete the process.sfc scannow to repair corrupted or missing windows system files screenshot

    If your PC is running well without system file corruption or missing, It will show “Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations.” If your PC is not running well, You will see Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them.” If you see the second one, Then follow the next steps.

    You have to boot your PC into safe mode. If you are running Windows 7, Vista or XP, Simply restart your PC and continuously press F8. Then you will see advanced boot menu in a black screen. Then select Safe Mode with command prompt and press enter. If you are running Windows 10 or 8, You can Read this article: Boot Into Safe Mode in Windows 10 or 8.

    In safe mode with command prompt, Type sfc /scannow, and press enter. It will repair corrupted windows system files.

    b. DISM Command:

    Sometimes, In windows 10 or 8, SFC command may not be able to fix corrupt or missing system files. In that case, You can use DISM command. To do it –

    • Open Command Prompt as Administrator.
    • Then, Type “DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth” and press enter.
    • Wait for few minutes. It also may take longer time. Don’t worry.
    • After that Restart your PC.
    • Then run SFC command again. It will fix any corrupted system files.

    *** You may face an error The Source Files could not be Found. You can easily fix it. To know how to do it, Just click on the highlighted text.

    2. System Restore to Fix Corrupted or Missing System Files & Registries

    The first method is the best way to fix this kind of system problems. But sometimes, It may make you disappointed. In that case, You may prefer system restore. It is very easy to do. You can learn how to do it from this article. Read Ways to Do System Restore in Windows.

    3. Reset/Refresh or Reinstall Windows:

    If none of the above methods work for you, You can choose this one as the ultimate method. Resetting or refreshing windows can fix any system related problems. So, It should fix corrupted or missing system files problem too. You can only reset or refresh windows If you are running Windows 8 or 10. To learn how to do it, Read: Reset and Refresh Windows.

    If you are running Windows 7, Vista or XP, You can re-install windows. That may fix any problems.

    If you have any better idea to fix windows corrupted system files, You can share with us.