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Windows 7: sfc/scannow wont finish


29 Dec 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
sfc/scannow wont finish

Guess I should start at the beginning of this. About a month ago I went on a real "theme" frenzy. Downloaded some themes from sites I trust (deviant art, Windows 7 themes etc.) tried a few and kept them. One in particular i liked alot but for one thing... the start orb on the taskbar. I changed my start orb a long time ago to a computer start button and love it. Anyway, that particular theme wouldnt let me change the start orb so I switched back to one of my personal themes , when i went to change my start orb again....... I lost my whole desktop! Taskbar,start menu, everything , just a black screen with a cursor. Needless to say I was in a panic. Could not call up task manager or anything. Tried starting in safe mode, tried system restore,nothing worked. Finally I just went ahead and reinstalled from my recovery partition (Vista) then upgraded to Windows 7 again. Since then my machine has been buggy and tempermental. After I got it stable enough to feel comfortable to use I've ran sfc/scannow multiple times. The first few times it found corrupted files (some it could not fix), but the last few times it said all was well. Thinking that all WAS well I , foolishly, tried to change my start orb again. Same thing happened. Well, now I knew how to call up task manager by shift/ctrl/esc so I did and ran sfc/scannow. It worked, got my desktop back. Tried my start orb changer AGAIN. Same thing, this time when ran sfc/scannow it got to 45% and stopped. Said there were corrupted files it couldnt fix and stopped. Tried it again and it said the same thing at 45% again. Now my question/problem is...... Why would it stop? Another reinstall is sorta out of the question now seeing how my optical drive is not working. (would rather not be stuck with Vista for a month or so til I can get a new optical drive) Is there another way to restore corrupted files besides running sfc/scannow or reinstalling? I am very leery of doing anything "dangerous" now because I'm "snakebit" to say the least! Any ideas or suggestions? Thanks ahead of time. Windows 7 H.P.x64 (version 6.1.7600 Build 7600)

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29 Dec 2010   #2

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Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64
 
 

Can you do a System Restore to a known last good point?
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29 Dec 2010   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Yes , Thats how I got it back to where it is now. But when I try to run the sfc/scannow it just stops at 45%. Machine seems to be working alright....... but the scan not finishing has me nervous to say the least. You think I should try to restore to an earlier time?
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30 Dec 2010   #4

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Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64
 
 

Yes, try roll-back to a time before you changed the Start orb - that seems to be where you started having problems?
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30 Dec 2010   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Will do. I'll just take it back to the earliest time on it. (yeah...... I do delete older save points......... I try out lot's of programs and keep very few, so end up with many many restore points) Will post back later and let you know if the sfc/scannow is back to "normal".
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30 Dec 2010   #6

Vista Home Premium x86 SP2
 
 

Hello!

If that doesn't fix the issue, can you please do the following:

Do you get any errors, such as "Windows Resource Protection could not perform the requested operation" or just it hanging?

We can see if it has detected anything up until that point, and see if it has logged any errors (sadly, it is less likely to have logged the cause when it hangs than when it fails) by navigating to C:\Windows\Logs\CBS

and copying CBS.log to your Desktop. Right click on it > Send to > Compressed (zipped) folder, and then upload it here.

Thanks!

Richard
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30 Dec 2010   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Well, it worked. Restored to earliest point and then ran sfc/scannow. The scan ran 100% , found corrupted files and repaired them. Prior to the restore I also ran a start up repair , so one of the two fixed it. Thats a real load off my mind! Thank you both.
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