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System File Checker (SFC) tool


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#1 boeing1079

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Posted 13 October 2015 - 08:36 AM

I am running Windows XP Home and have some corrupted system files. They usually don't crash the system, but I am unable to run certain software. For example, my Firefox browser crashes on startup every time, and I am unable to run a Norton scan (although I am protected).

 

I have run System Fie Checker (SFC) with the \scannow switch in the Command Prompt window. It opens up a Windows File Protection window with a progress bar and the label "Please wait while Windows verifies that all protected Windows files are intact and in their original versions".

It takes quite a long time to run and seems to complete satisfactorily, but I get no comments at the end (i.e. replaced files, unable to replace files, no action required).

 

I am also unable to find a log file (CBS.log) to let me know what was done.

 

Not sure what I may be doing wrong; any help would be much appreciated.

Thanks.



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#2 hamluis

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Posted 14 October 2015 - 01:40 PM

I've never found looking at a log file for the sfc /scannow command to be useful...but I don't like doing anything unnecessary.  Simply put, the log only tells me what I would expect in certain instances...or it tells me nothing at all.  Nothing at all means there are no problems addresses which could not be resolved by running the command once...in which case. I simply run it again if it appears that a second running may be warranted.

 

The command replaces files as it goes...when done, it simply fades into the sunset.

 

I still go by the most basic rule of life...if there is no pain, I don't worry about the lack thereof.  If your system exhibits no indication of a problem...I suggest not looking for something to fret over.

 

FWIW

 

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