Many computer problems are caused by corrupted system files. If your Windows 10 installation is corrupted, you’ll encounter instability issues and all sorts of other problems. Fortunately, there are few ways to fix corrupted system files on Windows 10, and you can find out the step by step process for each specific issue.
What are corrupted files?
Corrupted files are files from your computer that appear distorted or do not respond when you try to access it directly from your system or another application. There are several reasons why a file may become corrupted. First of all, we need to understand what is data corruption and how it can occur.
Data corruption refers to errors in computer data that occur during writing, reading, storage, transmission, or processing, which introduce unintended changes to the original data. There are various causes of the corruption, and among the most common ones are malware programs.
In general, when data corruption occurs in a file containing that data will produce unexpected results: from a minor loss of data to a system crash. To exemplify, if a document file is corrupted, when a person tries to open that file with a document editor they may get an error message saying: ‘The file you are trying to access is corrupted’. Thus, the file might not be opened or might open with some of the data corrupted (or in some cases, completely corrupted, leaving the document unintelligible).
How can you fix corrupted files in Windows 10?
Corrupted files can be a big problem, especially if one of those files is your work or school project. There are many different tools that can help you in these types of situations, and here you find some of the best tools to repair files on Windows 10.
Here are the 7 most effective solutions to fix corrupted files in Windows 10:
- Use the SFC tool [System File Checker]
- Use the DISM tool [Deployment Image & Servicing Management]
- Run SFC scan from Safe Mode
- Perform SFC scan before Windows 10 starts
- Replace the files manually
- Use System Restore
- Reset your Windows 10
Follow the full guide to fix corrupted files and let us know which solution solved your issue.
Additionally, we present you the specific workarounds for different file formats that have become corrupted:
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