Have you used the command SFC /Scannow or System File Checker in your Windows 10, 8 or 7 PC? Are you facing “SFC Scannow not working” or you do not know how to use this command to repair most of the windows system files. If you have tried this command at the command prompt or Powershell, you will know how can help SFC / Scannow to solve the error in Windows.
What is SFC /Scannow or System File Checker in Windows?
In general, SFC Scannow is a built-in system file checker and Windows has included it in every version of Windows including Windows 10. What is the work of this command? When you installed any corrupted files or goes any files missing from the system or mistakenly deleted, this command can restore/fix it. It works as like scan, verify and fix. For this reason, it is an essential tool for the Windows users.
The beauty of this tool is you can run it when the complete system can’t open or can open in the safe mode. You can run this System File Checker into the Repair mode. For this reason, if any files go as missing or are not working properly, then you can check and fix it from SFC /Scannow command. For example, MsMpEng.exe or Fix ‘ERR_INTERNET_DISCONNECTED’ Error.
How to Use SFC /Scannow to Repair Windows 10, 8 or 7 System Files?
Most of the time, the tool is used with Command Prompt. On the other hand, you can run it from Powershell. Let’s see how can you run it to repair Windows System Files.
- First, Open Command Prompt as Admin by searching on the Taskbar or Start Menu Search with cmd or Command Prompt and Right Click on it to run as Administrators.
- Now type the below code to work with the command.
- Wait for sometimes and it will show you the report or if needs any modification. Most of the time, it fixes the issues automatically.
How to Verify the System File Only?
If you do not want the solution, just want to check the files which are causing the error. You can do it also. To do this, you need to follow the below command at the Command Prompt.
SFC [/SCANNOW] [/VERIFYONLY] [/SCANFILE=<file>] [/VERIFYFILE=<file>] [/OFFWINDIR=<offline windows directory> /OFFBOOTDIR=<offline boot directory>]
How to Check Specific File With SFC Scannow Command:
If you want you can check certain files if there have any issues. For doing this, you need to follow the below command.
Checking System Health:
After running command WIth SFC, you can ensure the system health by with DISM command. Follow the below command to check, if you have anymore corrupted files or anything.
dism /online /cleanup-image /checkhealth dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth
Need More Help?
Finally, I think you have learned to scan, verify and fix the Windows System Files with System File Checker SFC /Scannow command. It will work when you can’t start the Windows normally. That means the command will work in the safe mode or repair mode.
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