How to Fix Windows 10 File Corruption?

Avatar    Nikita Garg     Updated On - 24 Jan 2019

Like its previous versions, Windows 10 is also susceptible to corruption. Many times, file system corruption in the operating system slows down the working of the system and leads to data inaccessibility issues. Also, problems can be due to any malicious software or by any third-party software. In this post, we will discuss some workarounds to fix Windows 10 corruption.

Different ways to deal with Windows 10 corruption

The damaged system files in Windows can be repaired in different ways. Below are a few important ways that can best work to repair all the Windows 10 system files:

    1. Type cmd in the search box.
    2. Right click on Command Prompt and select Run as administrator.
    3. In the Command Prompt, type the command and hit Enter:

      It may take several minutes for the completion of the process.


    To fix system file corruption, run sfc/scannow command as given below:

    1. Open Command Prompt and type sfc/scannow and hit Enter.
    2. The repair process will start, and it might take several minutes to complete.
    3. Do not close the Command Prompt until complete verification is done.
      The command operation, sfc/scannow will scan all the protected files present in the system and will replace the corrupted files with a cached copy located in a compressed folder at %WinDir%\System32\dllcache.

    This step can be tried if SFC scan is not successful in repairing the files.

    1. Open Start Menu.
    2. Under Shut Down options, click on Restart.
    3. Out of the three options available, select Troubleshoot.
    4. Go to Advanced options> Startup Settings and click on Restart button.
    5. While restarting the PC, there will be a list of options. Select Safe Mode and repeat the steps to run sfc/scannow in Command Prompt.

    The System Restore feature Windows helps you restore the system to a previous state. This is how you can perform it:

    1. In Start, type system restore and click Create a restore point.
    2. Click System Restore and proceed.
    3. In the System Restore dialogue box, select a restore option and click Next and follow the instructions as mentioned.

    This step should be used only when all the important files and applications have been backed up.

    1. Restart the system and select Troubleshoot>Reset this PC.
    2. There are two options, i) Keep my files and ii) Remove everything. Select the required option.
    3. Enter your username and password, select the windows version and click Reset.
    4. Follow the instructions as mentioned.

These methods will help you solve corruption issues in Windows 10 to a great extent. But if you fail with such methods, you should try a third-party software, Kernel for Windows Recovery. This tool helps you to recover all Windows data including media files. The tool extracts all the files irrespective of their size and format.