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Saturday, November 4, 2017

Repair Missing Or Corrupted Windows System Files Using the System File Checker Tool

It has been awhile since I posted any Microsoft Windows software tools or tips so here is a MS utility program. Most laboratory instruments operate under MS Windows software control and you will be able to keep things running smoothly if you take the time to learn and use many of the available utility programs. 

  • Note: Before using any software utility program, make sure you first have permission and authorization to do so. Back up your system programs and any data files. Create a Restore Point to protect the basic settings too. Take precautions before using any utility programs and do so at your own risk.

In addition to the very useful "Restore Point" feature found in Windows (discussed in an earlier post, which is great for solving a number of issues), Microsoft has another time-saving utility tool built into most versions of Windows (i.e. XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 10). The Windows System File Checker (simply known as, SFC) offers users the option to scan their Windows operating system files for corruptions AND restore any found corrupted files, all automatically! Running the utility is very easy. First, make sure your account has Administrator privileges, then use the Run Command prompt to run the program SFC 'As Administrator' *Type:  sfc /scannow 

More information about this useful utility can be found on Microsoft's website support page.