sfc/ scannow reports massive Corrupt files on Windows 8 – How to fix it?

Do you see a lot of corrupted files on your system? There can be several reasons causing these issues on the system. Corrupted system files can give rise to several other issues like freeze, hangs or BSOD. You can never know when your system or the system files are corrupted. Often it is advised to run a full system scan using Antivirus for malware infection or else you can try system file checker. In this tutorial we will be discussing about how to resolve the issuers with corrupted files even after running system file checker on Windows 8.

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Corrupted system files can cause the system to hang or breakdown if not resolved earlier. Often running the sfc scan doesn’t fix all the corrupt files. However, if you are a novice and still unaware of how to run the file checker, here is how you can do.

Press Windows + X to open power user menu. Here click on Command Prompt (Admin). This will open an elevated command prompt with Admin privileges. Now, type in sfc/ scannow ad hit enter. This will run system file checker and fix or replace all the corrupt files.

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Even after running the system file checker you still find the corrupt files, then here is what you can do to remove the corrupt files.

  • Open Advacned startup screen or restart system to open the advanced startup screen. To do so, open system or PC settings from the charms bar.
  • In the PC settings flyout, select General and click on Restart PC button below Advanced Startup

Advanced options

  • Now you can see the Advanced startup screen. Here click on Command Prompt
  • This will open the command prompt; here type in the following command sfc /scannow /offbootdir=C:\ /offwindir=D:\windows
  • Or run Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth using the in administrator command prompt.

The process can take much time to complete but once it is completed you can restart system and try running sfc/ scannow again.

Hope the steps described above helps you fix issues with corrupted system files or fix the corrupted system files and make your PC operate much faster with better performance.


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