How To Fix A Corrupted Windows File? Here Are The Solutions!

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It happens quite frequently that you face a blue-screen that tells you that some of your Windows System files are corrupted. It happens when you do not shut down your system properly and therefore, you’ll be getting the error messages in middle of your work and that might insist you to restart your computer immediately to get rid of it. Or maybe, you’ll get into more trouble as if you can’t access your Windows desktop. These sort of corrupted files issues are scary and more troublesome indeed.

However, it depends that whether sometimes you easily get rid of this issue and save your data or sometimes, complicated situation. So, we have figured out two great methods to fix a corrupted windows file and restore back to your normal system with or without your most recent data. Well, don’t worry, you won’t lose your data so easily. 😉

Method 1: Windows’s Built-In System Restore

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Well, this method is pretty much handy as the issue of system’s corrupted windows files occurs frequently. You can easily get rid of it as Windows have Built-In system restore option that’ll take care of making your system files backup more frequently. Though, it won’t touch your data and so chances are to get your system files fixed soon and the the data all safe in the system.

Now if you’re able to boot into the Safe Mode by pressing F8 during the booting-up process, you’ll get access into your desktop and can easily restore to the last backup made by your system. Here’s how:

Right-click on My Computer -> Properties -> System Protection or Advance Settings -> System Protection and there you see System Restore. That’s it!

However, if you can’t boot into the Safe Mode, then you’ll be needing a Windows Installation Disc to put into your CD drive and boot through it. There you’ll get the system restore option and you can choose the most recent one or make sure you take care about it as it creates a backup for you on regular basis and if you have the problem occurring since few days ago, be careful to choose the last system restore. Hope this will resolve your issue.

Method 2: Fix Corrupted Windows Files With SFC and DISM Commands (For Windows 8 and 10)

First of all, this method works for Windows 8 and 10 users. If you’re a Windows 7 user, you’ll have to download and install Microsoft’s System Update Readiness Tool that will surely help you to fix windows corrupted files.

When Should You Use This Method?

Whenever you encounter blue-screening, application crashes or realize that some of the features aren’t working well, then this method should be handy. We’re going to use System File Checker tool to troubleshoot these type of issues as it is pretty much capable of fixing these issues. If it couldn’t, it means there aren’t any corrupted system files and we can continue with other methods to troubleshoot our system. Even if SFC command crashes or doesn’t work properly, we’ll then use Deployment Image and Servicing Management (DISM) tool, otherwise, it’s not necessary to use it.

Let’s begin with SFC first:

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For Windows 8 and Windows 10, open your Start Menu and open Command Prompt (admin) or you can even search for Command Prompt if you’re using any other version of Windows. Then right click on it and click “Run as Administrator”. Once you’re in, simple put the following command:


Once you put this and enter, leave the process continued and the command prompt opened as until it finishes up. It might take some time and if everything seems fine and good, it’ll show the message that “Windows Resource Protection did not find any Integrity Violations”.

It if appears with the message “Windows Resource Protection found corrupted files but was unable to fix them”, then you’ll have to try rebooting your system into Safe Mode. You can do this by following the instructions below:

For Windows 8 and 10: Hold the Shift key and click Restart to access advance options menu, in which you can find the option to restart and boot into the Safe Mode.

For Windows 7: Restart your system and while booting, press and hold F8. You’ll boot into the Safe Mode.

Now you can run the SFC command within the Safe Mode and hopefully, this should resolve the issue.

DISM (if SFC crashes):

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DISM tool is pretty much capable of fixing component store corruption that is might be preventing the SFC command to work properly.

To run DISM command, you’ll have to open Command Prompt as we did for SFC command and as Command Prompt appears up on the screen, put the following command:


Now this should check for component store for any corruptions and fix them automatically. Don’t close the window and let it finish first. If it got stuck at 20%, don’t worry. It’s normal! The process might take 10 minutes approximately to finish up. If it makes any changes, you’ll have to restart your computer and begin the SFC process again.

Please note: The DISM command isn’t available for Windows 7 users, so they can download Microsoft’s System Update Readiness tool to fix any of the issues in their system.


Whether you choose Method 1 first or Method 2, both are capable of resolving severe issues of yours corrupted Windows System files. If you don’t have any important data saved inside and you don’t care then you can attempt to install a new copy of your windows and enjoy smoothness again. Either way, the issue can be resolved anyhow. So, nothing to worry about!

Hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post. Further on, if you have any better idea than us, let us know and even share your experiences if any of these methods become entirely useful for you. We’ll be glad to hear from your side. Don’t forget to give us a feedback! 🙂


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