Windows System Repair Tool

Posted By admin On 12/01/22

There is a tool available from Microsoft that will help you fix Windows 10 problems and issues. Called the Windows Software Repair Tool it is available as a stand-alone application from the Microsoft servers and will automate the task of running a few commands.

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Tweaking.com - Windows Repair is a tool designed help fix a vast majority of known Windows problems including; registry errors, file permissions, issues with Internet Explorer, Windows Updates, Windows Firewall and more. Malware and poorly installed programs can modify your default settings resulting in your machine working poorly - or worse. Windows Repair is a utility that contains numerous mini-fixes for Windows. This tool will allow you to repair common issues with your computer such as firewall, file permission, and Windows Update.

Software Repair Tool for Windows 10

When you download the tool, run the executable file. You will be asked to accept the licensing terms.

If the SFC command doesn’t work, you can also try the Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) command on Windows 10 or Windows 8 to repair the underlying Windows system image. On Windows 7 and earlier, Microsoft offers a downloadable “System Update Readiness Tool” instead. Let’s take a look at how to use them. If the operating system is booting slower than molasses, you can also use power settings to speed up its launch. Otherwise, here are a few ways to repair Windows 10. Method 1: Use Windows Startup.

One you check the I have read and accepted the License Agreement box, click on the Proceed to scan and fix button. You will then see the following screen.

Once you click the button, the tool will perform the following Windows troubleshooting tasks, which are usually the most suggested fixes for most Windows issues:

  1. Create a system restore point
  2. Repair system components and detect corrupt files. It will run the system file checker
  3. Resync System date and Time
  4. Reset System Settings
  5. Reinstall System Applications
  6. Run the DISM Tool to restore Component Store health, Restore System health, Repair System Corruption.
  7. Update your system using Windows Update
  8. Perform end-of-job works and restart your computer.

The tool appears to have been released for Surface devices but works on all Windows 10 PCs. The Digital Signature bears a time-stamp of 9th Aug 2016, and tool shows the Date modified as 20.08.2016 – so it does appear to have been released/updated recently.

You can download the softwarerepairtool.exe file from Microsoft by clicking here. [This was the link http://aka.ms/softwarerepairtool but it appears to have been taken down now by Microsoft]

If the tool does not help you or if you do not like the changes it has made, you have the option of going back to the created system restore point.

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Technical Level : Basic
Summary

System file check is a utility built into the Operating System that will check for system file corruption The sfc /scannow command (System File Check) scans the integrity of all protected operating system files and replaces incorrect, corrupted, changed, or damaged versions with the correct versions where possible. When it cannot repair the damage DISM should be run to fix as many errors as possible.

System file check works on Vista and UP

Dism works on win 7 and UP

If you are running an insider build (ie 14915) and SFC fails ~20% it is a known problem with this build

If you are running sfc &/or DISM to fix an underlying problem please tell us what that problem is!!!!


Details

If you have modified your system files (including Windows DLL files) running sfc /scannow will revert the system files back to the default state.


It is always a good idea to back up your data beforehand!


To run a system file check (SFC)

Go to start>Type CMD

Right click and run as Administrator

(called an elevated command prompt)

If you want to verify and repair the OS type sfc /scannow (note the space between sfc and '/')

If you just want to check (verify only) the OS type sfc /verifyonly (no changes will be made using verify only)

You may have to run this up to 3 times to fix all the problems


When you have finished it will say one of three things


Windows did not find any integrity violations (a good thing)

Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files and repaired them (a good thing)

Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some (or all) of them (not a good thing) If you get this message run DISM as described below



If SFC was not able to repair some or all of the files there are a few options including a repair install from the OS dvd, and DISM (win 8 & UP)

If SFC did not find any violations it is still a good idea to run DISM Restorehealth

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DISM

If you are on win 8 (and up) you should also run DISM whether SFC found errors or not!!

From an elevated command prompt

You can run Check, then Scan, but you should always run RESTORE HEALTH

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To check the health (You would use /CheckHealth to only check whether the image has been flagged as corrupted)

run Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth

To scan the health use /ScanHealth to scan the image for component store corruption. This option does not fix any corruption.

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run Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth

To RESTORE health (recommended)

Use DISM /Online/Cleanup-Image/RestoreHealth to scan the image for component store corruption, perform repair operations automatically, and records that corruption to the log file. This generally takes 15-30 minutes depending on the corruption and size of the partition

You can run scanhealth & restore health at the same time like this

DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Scanhealth && DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth

After running DISM it is a good idea to re-run SFC /scannow to make sure all the issues were fixed.

If you get the error message 'cannot find source files'you need to have an ISO file mounted and need to specify where it is located with the below command

The ISO must be exactly the same version as the running OS. An ISO of 10586.0 will not repair a running system of 10586.35 because it has additional updates and files.

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth /source:WIM:X:SourcesInstall.wim:1 /LimitAccess Where 'X' is the drive letter where the ISO is located. Simply change the 'X' to the correct drive letter

If you do not have an ISO you can make one. The instructions are here



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