The purpose of this guide is to fix some common windows problems (like those horrid BSOD's and crashes) quickly with a few commands.IMPORTANT NOTICE: these commands will NOT remove malware. If you have a malware problem please go to the "Virus, trojan, spyware and malware removal logs" forum Preparation To begin, make sure you have everything listed below:-Administrator access
(Make sure you have an Administrator account by going to control panel ----> User accounts and family safety ---------> User accounts and check if your account name has "Administrator" under it.-A valid internet connection-A computer still good enough to run command promptThe steps
Step 1: Search for "cmd.exe", right click it and click "Run As Administrator."
Step 2: Type sfc /scannow (replacment for a period so people won't say "Wait but sfc /scannow isnt a command cmd says so!!!!!" just because there's a period at the end of it
). This command will take a few minutes so get a glass of lemonade, sit down and relax
. If the action was successful it should display something similar to "Windows resource protector found corrupt files and was able to repair them, details are included in the CBS.log file" Or say it didn't find any corruptions at all. If it did not, repeat these steps in safemode. If running it in safemode also wasn't successful, run the next command (if you have Windows 8), and then run this one again. If that doesn't work, well, you may have some pretty serious problems with your computer
, but you can still try the command after.
Step 2: Restart. SFC's actions will only work after restarting
Step 3: Run this command: Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
(again, period replacement). This is only for windows 8. This can take 15 to even 45 minutes, so you may want to hang out in your living room and watch an episode of your favorite TV show
. Once this is done either run sfc /scannow if it didn't work before or move on.
Step 4: Finally, type chkdsk /r [drive name here, if you don't know what that is type C:] if you are on windows 7 or earlier. Follow the instructions onscreen. Again, this will take a few minutes. For windows 8 the process is much faster. Just go to this PC ------> [drive name, usually C:], right click the drive, click properties, then click the tools tab and click the check button. If you see a message saying "you don't need to scan the drive", just click the "scan drive" button anyways to be sure. It will only take 3-5 minutes so this time you may just want to stare at the loading bar ;)
Step 5: Hope that you've actually fixed the computer. If not you may want to run SFC again and submit the CBS.log on one of the windows forums at the top of the forum.Thanks for checking out the tutorial/mini guide, and if you have any questions ask away below