How to Run the Windows 10 System File Checker

In this tutorial, we will show you how to run the Windows 10 File checker tool. This will find and fix broken Windows files, and is included in Windows 10.

Run the System File Checker Tool

  1. Login to Windows 10.
  2. Click the Search button on the bottom left, and type command prompt.
  3. When you see the Command Prompt program listed, Right-click it, then click Run as administrator. See the steps outlined below:
    Windows 10 elevated cmd

  4. When the command prompt box comes up type the following then click Enter:
    sfc /scannow

    The System File Checker will then begin running:
    sfc command run

    You are finished when you see a completed message. It will also tell you if it found any integrity violations.
    sfc cmd complete

Congratulations, now you know how to run the Windows 10 File checker tool!

John-Paul Briones Content Writer II

John-Paul is an Electronics Engineer that spent most of his career in IT. He has been a Technical Writer for InMotion since 2013.

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Thoughts on “How to Run the Windows 10 System File Checker

  • Easy to understand and apply very Clear and precise specific instructions.
    very explained with screen shots.
    every step has been elaborated fully.
    After all , IT WORKS hassle free and you are done
    Lot of THANKS.

  • I tried to do this but File system error (-1073740791) came up which is the reason i wanted to check for missing files :/ can anyone help??

    • Hello Ian,

      I recommend running chkdsk C: /f /r /x to check the drive and repair any issues. As with any type of operation like this, we recommend making a backup of your data or creating a restore point beforehand.

    1. Clear and precise no-nonsense instructions.  Easy to understand.
    2. Good and helpful screen shots with magnifying tool to help read the text and bold red arrows to point out every step clearly.
    3. Most important of all, IT WORKS.
    4. THANK YOU !!!

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