Fix: Windows Resource Protection Found a Corrupt File, But Can’t Remove It

Ivan Jenic
by Ivan Jenic
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Passionate about all elements related to Windows and combined with his innate curiosity, Ivan has delved deep into understanding this operating system, with a specialization in drivers and driver troubleshooting. When he's not tackling... Read more
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If you’re checking your Windows for errors using System File Checker (SFC/SCANNOW) and the program reports that a corrupt file is present, but it can’t be  fixed, don’t worry, we have a solution for your problem.
Windows Resource Protection Found a Corrupt File, But It's Unable To Remove It
Let’s talk a little about our problem in order to understand it better. When there’s a corrupt system file on your computer, Windows uses Inbox Corruption Repair to fix it and replace the corrupt system file with the working one. Inbox Corruption Repair works silently, which means that it will locate the problem, find a certain file online, and replace it without user even noticing it. But this method might not work every time, and then, user has to hand his problems with corrupt system files on his own.

To solve a corrupt files problem on your own, you’ll need to use Deployment Imaging and Servicing Manager (DISM) via Command Prompt or Microsoft PowerShell. To perform Inbox Corruption Repair using DISM, you need to follow these steps:

  1. Go to Search, type powershell, choose Windows PowerShell, right-click on it, and select Run as administrator
  2. In PowerShell, enter some of the following commands, depending on what do you want to achieve:
  • Repair-WindowsImage -Online -CheckHealth: This command checks if there’s a component corruption marker in your registry. This command is only used to see if the corrupt file is present in your registry, and it doesn’t fix anything or create a log.
  • Repair-WindowsImage -Online -ScanHealth: This command also only checks if there’s a corrupt file in your registry, but it provides more information and requires more time to finish (up to 5-10 minutes)
  • Repair-WindowsImage -Online -RestoreHealth: This command checks if the corruption is present in your registry, records the corruption to E:WindowsLogsCBSCBS.log, and fixes it using Windows Update

After performing this little registry operation, your File Checker should work fine, but if you have any comments and suggestions, you know where to say it.

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