How to run System File Checker in Windows 7

Description: This article will show how to run System File Checker (SFC) to repair protected system files in Windows 7.

There are a couple of ways to run the System File Checker (SFC) to verify or to fix corrupt protected system files on your system.

To Scan and repair the System Files:

  1. Open a command prompt window with Administrator rights.
    Windows 7 Start Menu, Command Prompt, Run as Administrator
  2. Type the command sfc /scannow and press enter. This process will take some time to complete.
    Windows 7 Command Prompt
  3. *Warning: You should be aware that sfc /scannow will change any modified System Files back to the original default state. System File Checker will replace incorrect corrupted, changed, or damaged versions of files with the correct ones.

To verify if the System Files are Corrupt:

  1. Open the command prompt with administrator rights.
    Windows 7 Start Menu, Command Prompt, Run as Administrator
  2. Type the command sfc /verifyonly and press enter.
  3. You should see a comment on the command window stating the files are ok or no file integrity violations were found.
    Windows 7 Command Prompt

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