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Windows 7: how to use the info to fix my computer

06 Feb 2010   #1

windows 7 64bit
how to use the info to fix my computer

I ran sfc / scannow and it says the resource protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them. Details are included in the cbs.log
how do I use that information to fix my computer

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06 Feb 2010   #2
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Here is a little writeup I made on how to deal with the matter:

If you encounter a strange behavior of your system or if the system sends you a message indicating that some system file is damaged, the System File Checker might be able to help. Here is what you do:
Open an elevated Command Prompt (go to Start > All Programs > Accessories > right click on Command Prompt > Run as Administrator).
Type sfc /scannow into the Command Prompt window – note the blank in front of the slash (/). This will run for a while.
When it is done, you can end up with the following different results:
1. SFC did not find any corrupted files
2. SFC did find corrupted files and was able to fix the files
3. SFC was not able to fix all corrupted files
SFC stores the results in the CBS.log which you find in C:\Windows\Logs\CBS\CBS.log. This is a massive file of approximately 5MB and if you care to see it all, you must send CBS.log to one of your own folders or the desktop from where you can double click on it. It will then open with Notepad. Note: You cannot open it inside the CBS folder. You will get an Access denied message.
But most likely you are only interested in the part that shows the corrupted files that were fixed – or not fixed. For that you need a significant data reduction. You do that as follows:
Open another elevated Command Prompt and paste this command into it:

findstr /c:"[SR]" %windir%\logs\cbs\cbs.log

This will show all the files you want to see in the Command Prompt window.
Since that window is not very practical for a detailed study, you want to paste the content into a Notepad, Wordpad or Word file.
For that you right click on the Command Prompt window (any place is good) and click Select All. Then you right click anywhere in the window. Now this whole text is stored on the clipboard and you can paste it into a document file (e.g. Notepad) where you can analyze it.

A word of warning: If you have tweaked your system and modified system files, the System File Checker may undo your tweaks.
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06 Feb 2010   #3

windows 7 64bit

Seems like all of the problems are focused around the windows side bar. (this is on my vista laptop). Is that a common problem for them and does it cause problems for things other than the sidebar?
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06 Feb 2010   #4
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Yeah, the sidebar can act up. You can delete or rename it in C > Program Files (take ownership first) and install my copy that works. You can download it from here: Windows - Windows Live
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