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Windows 7: SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

09 Jan 2009   #449
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 
SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

How to Repair Windows 7 System Files with System File Checker


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20 Mar 2013   #450
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Fabmme View Post
Brink do you have any idea why even "explorer.exe" is marked as 'file not found'?
I mean ... I am using the explorer every damn day, so it's right there! And it's working
It's just saying that it can't be found in the store location. This wouldn't be the same as the C:\Windows\explorer.exe location.

Basically your store (clean copies of system files) is either corrupted or missing.

You could try doing a repair install to fix this without loosing anything.

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21 Mar 2013   #451
Fabmme

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Basically your store (clean copies of system files) is either corrupted or missing.
Sounds interesting! Where is the store usually located?
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21 Mar 2013   #452
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

It's the folders in the C:\Windows\WinSxS folder.


With the amount of files you have corrupted in there, only a clean or possible repair install is going to fix it.
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21 Mar 2013   #453
Fabmme

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

So I've no chance to repair it manually, right? :-/

I heard that a repair install causes very serious problems with the start menu (faulty shortcuts etc.)... Is it true?
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21 Mar 2013   #454
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

If it was only a few files, I'd say go for manually replacing the files. However, with just about everyone of them, it most like would end up bad and you having to reinstall anyways.

No. A repair install is basically just an in-place upgrade to the same edition. The yellow Tip box at the top of the tutorial has a list of what will be affected, but your Start Menu will be fine. As always, you should back up anything that you do not want to lose because anything could happen (ex: power outage) while doing the repair install.

Repair Install
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23 Mar 2013   #455
Fabmme

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Brink I need your help!!!

Ok, let me explain. I uninstalled all incompatible software, then I tried the inplace upgrade. It went horribly wrong. After it was "finished", I got hundreds of error messages - nothing worked anymore.
So I googled the whole night, until I found out that TuneUp Utilities 2013 (especially the program deactivator) causes such problems!
So I restored my system with Acronis, uninstalled everything required (including TuneUp!) and performed the in-place upgrade.

And lo an behold it worked like a charm!

BUT (Here's my real problem) by the inplace upgrade all my mklink-shortcuts are gone!
(which I made like this: cmd /C mklink /J "C:\Users\XxX\Pictures\Bilder" "X:\Users\XxX\Pictures\Bilder")
I use them cause I work on a fast SSD on which WIndows runs. On my HDD are big games / programs stored.


How can I restore my mklink-shortcuts?! :O
There were so many that I can not remember on all! ...
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23 Mar 2013   #456
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Fabmme,

You might consider this below to be able to access the files from your libraries with the files actually located where you like (ex: X: ) instead. This way you will not have to worry about any potential issues that come with moving user folder locations. For example, whatever partition you move your user folders to will now be included in a system image in Windows 7 and Windows 8.
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23 Mar 2013   #457
Fabmme

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Hi Brink thanks for your great help!
I restored everything manually But your advice to use the library is very useful! Next time I'll choose this solution!

Now everything is fine Thank you so much!
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23 Mar 2013   #458
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

That's great news Fabmme. I'm happy to hear that you got it sorted.
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05 Apr 2013   #459
stasioau

 

Hi Brink,
Try to use: “SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker”
Some time ago I do not have good experience using this method, special with: Aero, Window Color, Sounds.
With sounds you help me in “How to Change the Windows 7 Start up Sound”
Before I start my work I was looking for your:
"Warning
Be aware that if you have modified your system files as in theming explorer/system files, running sfc /scannow will revert the system files such as explorer.exe back to it's default state. Make the appropriate backups of your system files that you have modified for theming if you wish to save them before running sfc /scannow".
How to make backup on my system, to be sure that “Aero” and “Window Color” come back after sfc /scannow ? Can I use “Restore Point”, or “System Restore”? Or make backup “C:” in additional hard disk?
When I finish my sfc /snannow work, how I can back to my modification before work?
Wish you all the best. With my best regards
stasioau
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