There was a time when a corrupt system file in Windows meant a complete reinstall of the OS. Things have changed quite a bit now though, and even if you do get some corrupt Windows 10 system files, there might be some less extreme fixes available. Not a lot of Windows 10 users have complained of this so far, but with the passage of time as people start messing more with their computers, many might end up getting partially corrupt Windows 10 copies. Fortunately, Microsoft has a built-in way of letting users find out if any damage has been done to the Windows 10 system files. This scanner then leads users towards fixing the problems as well.
Much like Windows 7 and Windows 8, Windows 10 keeps command prompt a very important tool of the operating system. We discussed the method to add safe mode to Windows 10 boot menu using the command prompt a few days back. The system files scanner also works via the prompt, and is pretty easy to use. Here is all that needs to be done to make sure all corrupt Windows 10 system files can be identified and fixed.
Running System File Checker To Fix Corrupt Windows 10 Files
- Open the Command Prompt as an administrator. You can do this by logging in from your admin account and simply typing CMD under run. An easier way is to press the CTRL + X buttons simultaneously. From the resulting menu, you should be able to access the Command Prompt menu with ease.
- Once the command prompt shows up on your screen, type in the following command and press enter;
- The scanning process takes some time to start. You will be given real-time updates on the command prompt. The progress of the scanner is shown as a percentage. There are many factors that decide the time it takes for the command to weed out corrupt Windows 10 files, but it should take about half an hour. At the end of the process, you will get a report of your system’s current state. Some problematic files are fixed automatically, while others are merely pointed out. These files have to be fixed manually.
The above should fix most basic problems with Windows 10 system files, and even if it doesn’t, you will at least know where to start your hunt.