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!

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